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09/25/2017   2018 Fire District Budget Submission
03/07/2017   Budget Appropriations for Volunteer Fire Companies & Districts
10/18/2016   Fire District Elections

2018 Fire District Budget Submission - 09/25/2017

Local Finance Notice 2017-20 provides guidance for fire district budget submissions.  Documents for calendar year 2018 are now available on the Division of Local Government Services website. Please note that any fire district that submits a budget for calendar year 2018 on an outdated form will not be approved by the Division and will be required to re-submit the budget on the correct form. The Division will be rolling out a new web-based Financial Automation Submission Tracking system (“FAST”) that will replace the Word Document and Excel Workbook currently utilized in the Fire Budget Package.  All fire districts will be required to utilize FAST beginning with the 2019 budget cycle.  Over the next several weeks, the Division will be working with select fire districts to participate in a pilot test of the FAST system during the 2018 budget cycle.  If your fire district is interested in participating in the 2018 pilot, please contact Maureen Mitchell (maureen.mitchell@dca.nj.gov). 

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Budget Appropriations for Volunteer Fire Companies & Districts - 03/07/2017

Generally, N.J.S.A. 40A:14-34 limits the amount a municipality can annually appropriate for use by its volunteer fire companies or boards of fire commissioners to $150,000.  The Director is required to adjust this amount for inflation every two years in accordance with the Cost-of-Living Adjustment promulgated for the 1977 cap law (N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.1a).  Effective for CY2017/SFY2018 and CY2018/SFY2019 municipal budgets, a COLA adjustment of one-half percent (.5%) has been applied to adjust the annual maximum contribution to $150,750.  Local Finance Notice 2017-06 has further information concerning municipal budget appropriations for volunteer fire companies and fire districts.

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Fire District Elections - 10/18/2016

The Division of Local Government Services has received guidance from the New Jersey Attorney General's Office regarding the Fire District Elections. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-76, the poll hours for elections are 2pm to 9pm, but the Board of Fire Commissioners "may designate a later closing hour on the same day" of the election.  The Fire District Elections would consist of any Special Meeting, Special Election and/or the Annual Election. If you have any questions, please email authoritiesunit@dca.nj.gov.

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Updated: 09/25/2017