Finance Board OKs Atlantic City budget

TRENTON – Atlantic City, which is overseen by the state because of its financial problems, had its budget approved today

TRENTON – Atlantic City, which is overseen by the state because of its financial problems, had its budget approved today by the Local Finance Board.

The board approved the proposed budget of $231 million, an approximately $8 million increase from last year’s $223 million budget.

Almost all of the budget increase is related to debt service on casino tax appeals that have hit the gaming mecca hard.

Finance Board Chairman Thomas Neff said they had two recommendations for Atlantic City: Eliminate the local weights and measures office whose work is duplicated by the county office, and end the practice of providing autos for council members.

If the recommendations, in particular the one regarding cars, are not heeded in the long term, said Neff, “We may need to revisit that in a different manner going forward.’’

Finance Board OKs Atlantic City budget