Council bans cannabis businesses, approves new budget

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BRICK TOWNSHIP — The township council approved the 2021 municipal budget and banned all classes of cannabis businesses on Tuesday, during its last public meeting in April.

The budget totals $106,623,266.82, a less than one percent increase over the 2020 local budget, according to an introductory presentation made by Mayor John Ducey earlier in the spring. That works out to an annual tax rate increase of $44.98 on the average Brick Township home, assessed at $299,900.

Four significant increases within the 2021 budget include $771,000 in police salary and wage, due to new hires and raises; $193,000 in EMT salary and wage; over $666,000 in pension contributions; and over $1 million in bond principal payments.

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Council President Lisa Crate made clear the ban on cannabis businesses is not necessarily permanent.

“By passing this ordinance and not being the test program for the state, we can sit back and objectively observe what towns have to deal with on the issue, as a whole,” Ms. Crate said. “Maybe there are no issues. Maybe there are many issues. In any event, we are prevented from being the test subjects.”

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