Brick Township questioned over $1.7 million in budget transfers

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BRICK-Brick Township resident Vic Fanelli questioned the Brick Township Council’s $1.7 million in budget transfers over two months.  The council transferred another $805,000 worth of budget items in December.

“$805,000, that was this month, do you remember what it was last month was?” Fanelli asked the council.

“Do I remember what last month was?” Council President Paul Mummolo responded. “Not off the top of my head.”

“$874,000,” Fanelli responded. “So, in two months, it’s $1.7 million dollars in budget transfers. That’s just two months. Remember past discussions, we asked why do you have to move so much money around? We’re still moving it.”

“I won’t get into the nitty gritties except for the top item in there, which is $500,000 for health benefits,” Fanelli told the council. “Is there a reason why we have to move that much money?”

“At the end of the year, we want to have enough money in our claims account,” said Business Administrator Joanne Bergin. “We have to be prepared that we have enough. Any amount that is not used is carried into the new year.”

The township transferred $545,000 in additional funds from buildings and grounds, data processing, landfill, street lighting and communications to salary and wages and health benefits.