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City, Tourism Commission to Discuss Budgets on Thursday

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian is scheduled to introduce the city budget at Thursday night's council meeting.

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Two budgets of interest to Ocean City voters will be discussed on Thursday.

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian will introduce the proposed 2014 budget at the city council meeting Thursday night at the library.

Last year’s budget was $71 million, including a 1 percent tax increase.

Earlier in the day, the Tourism Commission, a public body funded through mercantile fees, will discuss its budget for the year. This discussion will include avenues for advertising for the year.

The commission meets Thursday morning, 9 a.m. at the library. It determines its own budget, and reports to city council.

The city budget introduction highlights a meeting that will see the introduction of four ordinances, according to the agenda posted on the city’s website on Tuesday.

City Council will consider the spending of $9,319,000 and borrowing $8,853,050 for capital improvements, including repairs to the beachfront, the repair of various streets, alleys and bulkheads and the repair of public buildings and facilities.

The public buildings to be considered for repair are the Music Pier, the library and the transportation center, among others, while facilities set to be repaired include the 52nd Street playground and various recreation facilities, among others, according to the Agenda Packet posted online by ocnjdaily.com.

Two ordinances to be introduced concern creating a right of way in an existing alley between 30th and 31st streets..

First, council will consider vacating a 15-foot wide unnamed alley that runs from 31st Street to an existing alley leading to 30th Street. An 85-room retreat owned by the Brothers of Christian Schools has set to be vacated for over 100 years, and the city is looking to make use of the vacated property.

The second ordinance would give the city rights to a 20-foot wide existing de facto alley to be made available for public use as a right of way.

Finally, council will consider an ordinance that proposes various revisions to the city’s zoning guidelines.

The council meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the lecture hall of the library.

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