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09/01/2017   Local Government Responses to Hurricane Harvey
09/01/2017   LFN 2017-16: EIT Legislation & Program Changes
08/24/2017   Accumulated Absence Liability - Proposed Amendments
08/14/2017   Proposed Regulations: Officials Licensed by DLGS
07/26/2017   Proposed New Rule: Employee Compensation Disclosure
07/11/2017   Proposed Amendment to N.J.A.C. 5:35-2.1
06/21/2017   Recent LFB/DLGS Rule Proposals
06/12/2017   HMFA Special Needs Housing Partnership Loan Program
06/12/2017   Local Finance Notice on Water/Wastewater Privatization
02/15/2017   Proposed Rule Amendments - Certification of Available Funds
01/26/2017   CY 2017 Municipal Levy Cap Referendum Procedures
01/26/2017   LOSAP CY 2016 Annual CPI Adjustment
01/04/2017   Proposed New Rule: Debt Refunding's without LFB Approval
09/12/2016   Proposed New Rule: N.J.A.C. 5:35-2.1 Local Government Ethics Law

Local Government Responses to Hurricane Harvey - 09/01/2017

With the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey on Texas and the Gulf Coast, Local Finance Notice 2017-18 serves to advise New Jersey local governments that may be seeking ways to support disaster relief efforts; providing information on how money, resources, and time can be donated through trusted and reputable organizations.  Matters related to donating surplus local unit equipment, loaning personnel, and allocating financial resources to the effort are also covered.

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LFN 2017-16: EIT Legislation & Program Changes - 09/01/2017

Local Finance Notice 2017-16 issued jointly by the Division of Local Government Services and the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (EIT), discusses recent EIT-related legislation and its impact on local governments.  Among the items discussed is the newly enacted P.L. 2017, c. 71 (the “WISE Act”) and how it impacts local governments looking to utilize non-EIT financing for environmental infrastructure projects of $1 million or greater. On June 8, 2017, the Division issued Local Finance 2017-11 which discusses the topic of water/wastewater infrastructure privatization. Local governments seeking guidance on environmental infrastructure options are encouraged to review both Local Finance Notices.

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Accumulated Absence Liability - Proposed Amendments - 08/24/2017

The Local Finance Board is proposing to amend N.J.A.C. 5:30-15.4 to craft reasonable and fiscally sustainable default limitations on local government payouts for accumulated absence (often known colloquially as "sick leave payouts").  The proposed amendments can be accessed on the DLGS Rules and Regulations webpage under the Proposed Rules heading.  Comments must be submitted by October 20, 2017 either by email to dlgs@dca.nj.gov or by regular mail to: Patricia Parkin McNamara, Executive Secretary - Local Finance Board - Department of Community Affairs - P.O. Box 803 - Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0803.  For comments submitted via email, please name the subject heading "NJAC 5:30-15.4: Authorization for Compensated Absence Payments."   

 

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Proposed Regulations: Officials Licensed by DLGS - 08/14/2017

The Director of the Division of Local Government Services is proposing regulations to codify various coursework, examination, certification, continuing education, and certification renewal requirements for municipal clerks, qualified purchasing agents, tax collectors, municipal CFOs, and county CFOs.  Also addressed are requirements for reappointment of a temporary chief financial officer, temporary qualified purchasing agent, or acting municipal clerk; as well as the appointment and reappointment of a private entity to temporarily perform the duties of a chief municipal finance officer. The rule proposal is available under the Proposed Rules section of the DLGS Rules and Regulations webpage.  Please submit written comments on the proposal by October 6, 2017 via e-mail to dlgs@dca.nj.gov or by regular mail to: Jason R. Martucci, Esq. / Administrative Practice Officer / Division of Local Government Services / Department of Community Affairs / PO Box 803 / Trenton, NJ 08625-0803. For comments submitted via e-mail, please name the subject heading “NJAC 5:32-Licensure of Certain Local Government Officers”.

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Proposed New Rule: Employee Compensation Disclosure - 07/26/2017

The Local Finance Board is proposing new rules N.J.A.C. 5:30-18.1 and 18.2 which would set forth public disclosure and hearing requirements for ratification of labor contracts and other compensation measures adopted by resolution.  This rule proposal would implement N.J.S.A. 40A:5-49, and can be accessed on the DLGS Rules and Regulations webpage.  Comments must be submitted by September 15, 2017 either by email to dlgs@dca.nj.gov or by regular mail to: Patricia Parkin McNamara, Executive Secretary - Local Finance Board - Department of Community Affairs - P.O. Box 803 - Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0803. For comments submitted via email, please name the subject heading "NJAC 5:30-18: Employee Compensation Disclosure Form".  

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Proposed Amendment to N.J.A.C. 5:35-2.1 - 07/11/2017

The Division of Local Government Services is proposing to amend N.J.A.C. 5:35-2.1, a rule which defines which titles (or responsibilities equivalent to such titles) are "managerial executive" and thus required to file an annual financial disclosure statement under the Local Government Ethics Law.  The rule proposal is located on DLGS's "Rules and Regulations" webpage under "Proposed Rules".  Comments must be submitted by September 1, 2017 either via e-mail to dlgs@dca.nj.gov or by regular mail to: Jason R. Martucci, Esq., Administrative Practice Officer / Division of Local Government Services / Department of Community Affairs / P.O. Box 803 / Trenton, NJ 08625-0803.  For comments submitted via e-mail, please name the subject heading "NJAC 5:32-2.1: LGEL Managerial Executive Definition".

 

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Recent LFB/DLGS Rule Proposals - 06/21/2017

Two rule proposals have recently been promulgated by the Local Finance Board and the Director of the Division of Local Government Services, respectively.  The first would significantly amend N.J.A.C. 5:30-9A (currently “Disbursements without Claimant Certification”) as well as 5:31-4.1 and 4.2 to implement a new statute authorizing local governments, school districts, and county colleges to utilize standard electronic funds transfer technologies.   The other is a proposed new rule that would authorize municipalities throughout the State to utilize electronic tax lien sales.  Both rule proposals are on the Division’s Rules and Regulations page under “Proposed Rules”.  Comments shall be submitted no later than August 18, 2017.  

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HMFA Special Needs Housing Partnership Loan Program - 06/12/2017

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) would like to share with you its new report chronicling the achievements of the Special Needs Housing Partnership Loan Program (SNHPLP). This innovative program - a partnership between the NJHMFA, and departments of Community Affairs and Human Services - provides safe, high quality, affordable housing that enables people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to successfully integrate into neighborhoods across the state. To date, this award-winning program has committed funding to 60 projects with a total of 240 beds located in 37 municipalities and 14 counties statewide.  

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Local Finance Notice on Water/Wastewater Privatization - 06/12/2017

The Division of Local Government Services has issued a Local Finance Notice on State statutes governing privatization of water supply and wastewater treatment systems, particularly the Water/Wastewater Public-Private Contracting Acts and the recently enacted Water Infrastructure Protection Act (WIPA).  See Local Finance Notice 2017-11 for complete details.

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Proposed Rule Amendments - Certification of Available Funds - 02/15/2017

The Local Finance Board is proposing amendments to N.J.A.C. 5:30-5.3 through 5.5 as pertain to local government Certification of Available Funds.  The Notice of Proposal can be found on the Division of Local Government Services "Rules and Regulations" webpage under the heading "Proposed Rules".  Please submit written comments on the notice of proposal by March 8, 2017 via e-mail to dlgs@dca.nj.gov with the subject heading "Proposed Rule Amendments - Certification of Available Funds” or by regular mail to: Patricia Parkin McNamara, Executive Secretary - Local Finance Board - Department of Community Affairs - PO Box 803 - Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0803.  

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CY 2017 Municipal Levy Cap Referendum Procedures - 01/26/2017

Local Finance Notice 2017-02 provides specific instruction and direction to municipalities operating on a calendar fiscal year considering holding a public referendum to exceed either the: Two (2) percent municipal property tax levy cap pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.45 et seq. or One-half (.5) percent appropriation cap pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.3 et seq. If municipal officials are considering a levy cap referendum, this Notice should be reviewed immediately by those involved in budget preparation and elections.  

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LOSAP CY 2016 Annual CPI Adjustment - 01/26/2017

Local Finance Notice 2017-01 provides local units administering a Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) with general information regarding LOSAP award increases together with the annual cost of living adjustment to the maximum award amounts.  

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Proposed New Rule: Debt Refunding's without LFB Approval - 01/04/2017

The Local Finance Board is proposing a new rule that would permit, under certain circumstances, authorities to issue refunding bonds without having to first seek approval from the Local Finance Board.  This rule proposal supersedes a prior rule proposal on the same matter (48 N.J.R. 875(a) issued on June 6, 2016).  For any refunding bonds that can be issued without prior LFB approval, the current rule proposal would allow the final maturity of the refunding bond to extend past the maturity date of the refunded debt, so long as final maturity does not extend past the budget year in which the final maturity was originally scheduled to mature.  The rule proposal may be found on the Division website.  Written comments on the rule proposal must be submitted by February 17, 2017 via email to dlgs@dca.nj.gov or by regular mail to Patricia Parkin McNamara, Executive Secretary - Local Finance Board - Department of Community Affairs - P.O. Box 803 - Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0803.  For comments submitted via email, please use the subject heading "N.J.A.C. 5:30-2.5 and 5:31-8.1: Refunding of Bonds Meeting Certain Conditions".  

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Proposed New Rule: N.J.A.C. 5:35-2.1 Local Government Ethics Law - 09/12/2016

The Local Government Ethics Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.1 et seq.) requires those individuals defined as "local government officers" to annually file financial disclosure statements pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.6.  Individuals classified as "managerial executive employees" are among those that fall under the "local government officer" definition.   N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.3.g was recently amended, by Section 21 of P.L. 2015, c. 95, to grant the Director of the Division of Local Government Services authority to define by regulation who qualifies as a "managerial executive". The Director has proposed N.J.A.C. 5:35-2.1, a new rule that would define which titles, or responsibilities equivalent to such titles, are "managerial executive" and thus be required to file an annual financial disclosure statement.  Published in the September 6, 2016 New Jersey Register, the rule proposal is located on DLGS's "Rules and Regulations" webpage under "Proposed Rules".  Please submit written comments on the notice of proposal by November 5, 2016 either by e-mail to dlgs@dca.nj.gov with subject heading "NJAC 5:32-2.1: LGEL Managerial Executive Definition" or by regular mail to: Jason R. Martucci, Esq., Administrative Practice Officer / Division of Local Government Services / Department of Community Affairs / P.O. Box 803 / Trenton, NJ 08625-0803.  

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