Atlantic City councilman calls for cutting two council seats to save money

Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small is calling for the elimination of two city government seats to save the struggling resort town $480

Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small is calling for the elimination of two city government seats to save the struggling resort town $480

An Atlantic City councilman proposes saving the city money by eliminating two council seats — but not his own.

Council President Marty Small wants to eliminate two of the three at-large council seats that do not represent particular neighborhoods. He says it would save the cash-strapped city $480,000 over four years as it strives to avoid a state takeover of its finances.

The full council will consider the proposal Thursday.

But even if it agrees, the state Legislature would have to approve the measure, and city voters would have to OK it in a referendum.

Small represents the city’s 2nd Ward, and his seat would not be affected by the plan.

Only one at-large seat is needed to break potential ties among the six ward council members, he said.

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