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07/19/2022   Implementation of P.L. 2021, c. 182 - Lead Based Hazards in Rental Hou
07/08/2022   Design - Build Project Delivery for Construction Projects - Publicatio
06/20/2022   CY2021 Audit Deadline Extension and GASB 68 & 75 for Municipal and Cou
06/16/2022   Prevailing Wage Compliance-Notice to Local Governments and Schools
06/16/2022   Authorities and Housing Authorities - 2022 Budget Requirements - FAST
06/13/2022   New Requirements for Public Works Contracts
05/02/2022   New LFN 2022-11 Residential Water, Sewer & Electric Arrearages
04/19/2022   Authority FAST Access and Standardized Budget Workbook
03/09/2022   LFN 2022-05 Annual Financial Disclosure Statement Filing (LGE Represen
03/08/2022   Local Finance Notice 2022-09: COVID-19 Utility Arrearages & Updated Ra
04/19/2022   Authority FAST Access and Standardized Budget Workbook
03/01/2022   Implementation of P.L. 2021, c. 182 - Lead Based Hazards in Rental Hou
12/29/2021   S4081 Signing-Residential Customers of Municipal Water/Sewer/Electric
10/27/2021   FY 2022 Local Efficiency Achievement Program (LEAP) Grants
03/12/2021   Executive Order 229
02/26/2021   Authorities and Fire Districts-N.J.A.C. 5:31 Chapter Readoption
02/26/2021   Iran Investment Disclosure Now Pre-Award
10/19/2020   Local Finance Notice 2020-25
10/14/2020   COVID-19 Deficit Financing
09/24/2020   Remote Public Meetings-Newly Adopted Regulations

Implementation of P.L. 2021, c. 182 - Lead Based Hazards in Rental Hou - 07/19/2022

Please be advised that, effective July 22, 2022,  P.L.2021, c.182 requires lead-based paint hazard inspections in certain rental dwelling units at specific time periods set forth in the statute, depending on tenant turnover, building location, and type.  The method of inspection, either a visual inspection or a dust wipe sampling, is based on the percentage of children with an elevated blood lead level in the municipality.  Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:2-137.6, this data is generated by the Department of Health on an annual basis. The Department has received the most recent data from the Department of Health and has created a chart on its website which provides all municipalities with its current method of inspection.  (Please note that the annual updating of such data may result in a change to the required method of inspection, which is a matter municipalities should monitor.)  Please visit the website at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/resources/leadpaint.html for further information; this website also includes the Department's guidance document for further information on the requirements of the law.

 

Notice sent to: Municipal Clerks; Administrators/Managers; Housing Authorities

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Design - Build Project Delivery for Construction Projects - Publicatio - 07/08/2022

The Department of Community Affairs has adopted regulations allowing local governments and school districts to utilize the design-build method of project delivery for construction projects equal to or exceeding $5,000,000. Codified at N.J.A.C. 5:34-10 and currently in effect, the Notice of Special Adoption and Concurrent Proposal has been published in the July 5, 2022 New Jersey Register and can be found on the DLGS Rules and Regulations website at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/rules_reg.html under both the Proposed Rules and Recently Adopted Rules headings. Further guidance will follow.

The deadline for comment submission is September 3, 2022. Please email any formal comments on the regulations to dlgs@dca.nj.gov with the heading Design-Build Regulations-Rule Proposal Comment, or submit comments 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

Questions on the use of design-build project delivery should be emailed to lpcl@dca.nj.gov.

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CY2021 Audit Deadline Extension and GASB 68 & 75 for Municipal and Cou - 06/20/2022

The Director of DLGS has extended to August 31, 2022 the deadline for all local units with a calendar year budget cycle to complete and file their

2021 audits.  This extension applies to counties, calendar year municipalities, and all calendar year authorities, including fire districts. The Order is available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/rules_docs/Audit%20Deadline%20Extension%20Order%20-%20Director%20Suarez.pdf.

For the annual audits of counties and calendar year municipalities only, the Division is authorizing inclusion of the 2020 audited GASB 68 and GASB

75 information published by the Division of Pensions and Benefits. Counties and calendar year municipalities do not need to wait for the 2021 audited GASB 68 & GASB 75 information to be issued before completing and filing their audits.

Please review Local Finance Notice 2022-12 for further details at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/22/2022-12.pdf.

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Prevailing Wage Compliance-Notice to Local Governments and Schools - 06/16/2022

On June 15, 2022, the New Jersey Departments of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL), Community Affairs, and Education have issued a joint a letter reminding local governments and schools of their compliance obligations for public works contracts, specifically those under the Prevailing Wage Act and the Public Works Contractor Registration (PWCR) Act. All contracting units are strongly encouraged to examine their public works contracting practices to ensure compliance with State law.

Contact the DOL Wage & Hour Division and Contract Compliance at WHPublicContracts@dol.nj.gov, or by telephone at (609) 292-2259, with any questions on the points raised in the letter. Local Finance Notice 2021-20, available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/21/2021-20.pdf, contains further information on Prevailing Wage Act and PWCR Act compliance. The DOL also has a helpful public works contracting FAQ at https://www.nj.gov/labor/wageandhour/support/faqs/pwprevailingwagefaqs.shtml

Notice sent to: Administrators/Managers: Municipal & County CFOs; Procurement Officials; Public Works Managers; Municipal Clerks; Clerks-County Boards of Commissioners; Authority Officials; Fire District Officials

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Authorities and Housing Authorities - 2022 Budget Requirements - FAST - 06/16/2022

Authorities and housing authorities with a budget year start date of July 1, 2022, and later are reminded that annual budgets and supporting documentation are required to be uploaded and submitted through the Financial Automation Submission & Tracking (FAST) portal. 

To register, authority officials must go to the FAST portal registration page at https://njdca.dynamics365portals.us/Account/Login/Register and create an account.

Guidance for registering for FAST and the budget submission process can be found in the FAST Authority and Housing Authority Budget User Guide:

https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/pdf/Authority_and_Housing_Authority_FAST_Portal_and_Excel_Template_User_Guide.pdf

Authorities and housing authorities must also exclusively use the newest version of the authority and housing authority budget workbooks, which are available on the Division's Authority Budget

(https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/programs/au_budgets.html) and FAST (https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/fast.html) webpages, as well as in the FAST portal.

For technical questions regarding FAST or the authority and housing authority budget workbooks, contact Matt Gallello at Matthew.Gallello@dca.nj.gov.

Municipal Clerks - please forward to authorities and housing authorities that serve your municipalities.  Authorities are strongly encouraged to register to receive EGG notices by contacting egg@dca.nj.gov.

Notice sent to: Municipal Clerks, Auditors, and Authorities

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New Requirements for Public Works Contracts - 06/13/2022

P.L. 2021, c. 301 requires a contractor submitting the lowest bid for a contract that is subject to the Prevailing Wage Act, if that bid is 10 percent or more lower than the next lowest bid, to certify to the public body that the prevailing wage rates required by the Act shall be paid. If the bidder does not provide the certification prior to the award of the contract, the public body shall award the contract to the next lowest responsible and responsive bidder. Further, P.L. 2021, c. 301 also amended N.J.S.A. 34:11-56.27 to require that any contract for public work expressly stipulate that workers performing work under the contract shall not be paid less than the required prevailing wage rate. Contractors and their sureties shall be liable to the public body, any lessee to whom the public body is leasing a property or premises or to any lessor from whom the public body is leasing or will be leasing a property or premises, for any excess costs occasioned by the termination of their right to proceed with the work, or such part of the work as to which there has been a failure to pay required wages. 

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) is proposing new rules at N.J.A.C. 12:60-9.1 and 9.2 and N.J.A.C. 12:60-9 Appendix, in order to establish standard language for both the contractor certification and the prevailing wage contractual provision. Although those rules have not yet been finally adopted, as the law is currently in effect, contracting units should begin inserting prevailing wage language into their contracts for public work, and requiring contractors coming in 10 percent or more lower than the next lowest bid to complete the required certification. The language and form of certification in the rule proposal below may be instructive when drafting contracts for public works and advising public works contractors on the new requirement. 

The NJDOL rule proposal was published in the June 6, 2022 New Jersey Register at https://www.nj.gov/labor/assets/PDFs/Legal%20Notices/Notices%20of%20Proposal/54_NJR1009a_June62022.pdf

Written comments must be submitted no later than August 5, 2022 to David Fish, Executive Director of Legal and Regulatory Services for the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, by email at david.fish@dol.nj.gov or by mail to: 

NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, PO Box 110 - 13th Floor, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0110

 

Notice sent to: Administrators/Managers; Procurement Officials; Municipal & County CFOs; Municipal Clerks; Clerks-County Boards of Commissioners; Public Works Manager; Authority Officials; Fire District Officials; DLGS Listserv

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New LFN 2022-11 Residential Water, Sewer & Electric Arrearages - 05/02/2022

Although the moratorium on shutoffs for, or enforcement of liens on, unpaid water, sewer, and municipal electric charges by residential ratepayers expired on March 15th, P.L. 2022, c. 4 extends this moratorium for those residential customers who apply for a state-administered utility assistance program prior to June 15, 2022.  Before enforcing unpaid open water, sewer, or electric charges accrued prior to March 15, 2022, or allowing an existing tax lien owner to satisfy such arrearages as a subsequent payment, local units are also required to offer a residential ratepayer the opportunity to enter into an installment plan for satisfying unpaid charges. Please review Local Finance Notice 2022-11 at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/22/2022-11.pdf for further critical details. The Notice also contains an updated model notice to residential ratepayers.

 

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Authority FAST Access and Standardized Budget Workbook - 04/19/2022

In preparation for submission through the Financial Automation Submission & Tracking (FAST) system, designated authority and housing authority officials must register for an account and login credentials to access, upload, and submit the introduced and adopted authority budgets in FAST. 

To register, authority officials should go to the FAST portal registration page (https://njdca.dynamics365portals.us/Account/Login/Register) and create an account. Once registered, logged in, and contact information has been entered, authority officials must click "Request Access" in the upper right corner of the screen, select the option for "FAST", the entity to which they are associated and select their desired level of access.  

There are two levels of access that authority officials may request. The first is the Authority Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer web role, which allows individuals serving as the Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, or equivalent to upload their budget package and submit to the Division for review. The second level of access is a Preparer/Data Entry role, which provides the ability to upload attachments, but does not provide the ability to submit the completed budget package to the Division. Division staff will verify designated officials with authority webpages prior to granting access. 

To further facilitate the transition to FAST, authorities and housing authorities with a fiscal year start date of July 1, 2022 and later must exclusively use the newest version of the Authority and Housing Authority Budget workbooks. Each template is a single Excel workbook that contains the existing Authority Budget Form Workbook and Authority Budget Package Document. The workbooks contain standardized formulas to ensure uniform and accurate reporting through FAST. Both the Authority Budget Workbook and Housing Authority Budget Workbook are available on the Division's Authority Budget (https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/programs/au_budgets.html) and FAST (https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/fast.html) webpages, as well as in the FAST portal.

Guidance regarding the FAST authority and housing authority budget submission process can be found in the FAST Authority and Housing Authority Budget User Guide:

https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/pdf/Authority_and_Housing_Authority_FAST_Portal_and_Excel_Template_User_Guide.pdf

For technical questions regarding FAST registration or the Authority or Housing Authority Budget workbooks, contact Matt Gallello at Matthew.Gallello@dca.nj.gov

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LFN 2022-05 Annual Financial Disclosure Statement Filing (LGE Represen - 03/09/2022

Please be advised that Local Finance Notice (LFN) 2022-05 has been issued and contains important information about the annual Financial Disclosure Statement (FDS) filing process for Local Government Entity Representatives for 2022.  LFN 2022-05 is available at: https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/22/2022-05.pdf.

The FDS system is now open for roster updates with a deadline for completion set for April 1, 2022. During the roster update period Local Government Officers (LGOs) will not have access to file their 2022 FDS.  LGOs can file or amend their previous year's FDSs as needed. 

A separate Local Finance Notice (LFN 2022-06) will be released in the upcoming weeks for distribution to LGOs. The statutory deadline for LGO filing is April 30, 2022.  Please wait until LFN 2022-06 has been issued before informing LGOs to file.

If you have questions, please visit the Help resources at: www.fds.nj.gov, e-mail LFB_FDS@dca.nj.gov,  or call the Local Finance Board staff at 609-292-4537.

The Division will also be offering webinars that will cover how to manage the FDS roster, determine positions that are deemed LGOs, and who is required to file. A question and answer period will follow at the end of the webinar.  The free webinar is optional and designed to help Local Government Entity Representatives, especially new representatives, understand the FDS system.  Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. The webinar sessions will be recorded and available at: www.fds.nj.gov.  RMCs that attend the webinar will receive 1.5 contact hours for Ethics.

 

The webinars will be offered at the following times:

Monday March 14th at 2:00 PM EST

Tuesday March 15th at 10:00 AM EST

 

To register for the March 14th session: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8621047893814103820

To register for the March 15th session: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1421752519015558672

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Local Finance Notice 2022-09: COVID-19 Utility Arrearages & Updated Ra - 03/08/2022

Before enforcing water, sewer, or electric arrearages accrued between March 9, 2020 and March 15, 2022, or allowing an existing tax lien owner to satisfy such arrearages, P.L. 2021, c. 317 requires a municipality, local authority, or other local unit to offer a residential ratepayer the opportunity to enter into an installment plan for satisfying the unpaid balance. Delinquent sewer charges accruing between March 9, 2020 and December 31, 2021 that had been sold at tax sale by January 1, 2022 are not affected. Municipalities and direct customer-billing local units operating water systems, wastewater treatment systems, and/or electric utilities must likewise update the ratepayer notices required to be issued to residential customers pursuant to P.L. 2021, c. 97.

Please review Local Finance Notice 2022-09, available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/22/2022-09.pdf,

in its entirety for further critical details. An updated model residential ratepayer notice can be accessed at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/misc_docs/Model%20COVID-19%20Ratepayer%20Relief%20Notice.docx.

Spanish and Korean translations of the model notice will follow shortly.

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Authority FAST Access and Standardized Budget Workbook - 04/19/2022

In preparation for submission through the Financial Automation Submission & Tracking (FAST) system, designated authority and housing authority officials must register for an account and login credentials to access, upload, and submit the introduced and adopted authority budgets in FAST. 

To register, authority officials should go to the FAST portal registration page (https://njdca.dynamics365portals.us/Account/Login/Register) and create an account. Once registered, logged in, and contact information has been entered, authority officials must click "Request Access" in the upper right corner of the screen, select the option for "FAST", the entity to which they are associated and

select their desired level of access.  

There are two levels of access that authority officials may request. The first is the Authority Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer web role, which allows individuals serving as the Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, or equivalent to upload their budget package and submit to the Division for review. The second level of access is a Preparer/Data Entry role, which provides the ability to upload attachments, but does not provide the ability to submit the completed budget package to the Division. Division staff will verify designated officials with authority webpages prior to granting access. 

To further facilitate the transition to FAST, authorities and housing authorities with a fiscal year start date of July 1, 2022 and later must exclusively use the newest version of the Authority and Housing Authority Budget workbooks. Each template is a single Excel workbook that contains the existing Authority Budget Form Workbook and Authority Budget Package Document. The workbooks contain standardized formulas to ensure uniform and accurate reporting through FAST. Both the Authority Budget Workbook and Housing Authority Budget Workbook are available on the Division's Authority Budget

(https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/programs/au_budgets.html) and FAST (https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/fast.html) webpages, as well as in the FAST portal.

Guidance regarding the FAST authority and housing authority budget submission process can be found in the FAST Authority and Housing Authority Budget User Guide:

https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/pdf/Authority_and_Housing_Authority_FAST_Portal_and_Excel_Template_User_Guide.pdf

For technical questions regarding FAST registration or the Authority or Housing Authority Budget workbooks, contact Matt Gallello at Matthew.Gallello@dca.nj.gov

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Implementation of P.L. 2021, c. 182 - Lead Based Hazards in Rental Hou - 03/01/2022

Please be advised that last July the Governor signed P.L. 2021, c. 182 into law. This Lead Law addresses lead based paint in rental housing , one of the biggest sources of lead exposure for children. The signing of this law marked a major step forward in our efforts to end childhood lead poisoning.

Specifically, this law pertaining to lead-based paint hazards, residential rental property, and establishing lead-based paint hazard programs was approved on July 22, 2021. The Act takes effect one year following the date of enactment, but the Department of Community Affairs, and municipalities, are authorized to take anticipatory actions necessary for the implementation of the Act. The full text of the act is available online at: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/Bills/2020/PL21/182_.PDF.

The act imposes an obligation on municipalities that maintain permanent local agencies for the purpose of conducting inspections and enforcing laws, ordinances, and regulations concerning buildings and structures, to perform inspections of certain single-family, two- family, and multiple rental dwellings for lead- based paint hazards, at times specified in the Act. Municipalities that do not maintain such local agencies shall hire a certified lead evaluation contractor to perform such inspections.  A municipality shall permit dwelling owners/landlords to directly hire a certified lead evaluation contractor for this purpose. If lead- based paint hazards are identified, then the owner of the dwelling shall remediate the hazards through abatement or lead-based paint hazard control mechanisms.

As we get closer to the effective date of the Act, the Department will be providing further information on the requirements of the Act and how it is to be implemented. In the meantime, the Department encourages municipalities to begin to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the bill and to begin to prepare for implementation.

Any questions should be emailed to: LeadLaw21pL182@dca.nj.gov. Municipal clerks are asked to provide this message to any departments that may be responsible for its implementation.

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S4081 Signing-Residential Customers of Municipal Water/Sewer/Electric - 12/29/2021

Signed on December 21st, Senate Bill 4081 instituted the following immediate measures for residential customers of local government water, sewer, and electric service:  

1)            Extending until March 15, 2022 the shutoff moratorium for water, sewer, and municipal electric service. This moratorium does not apply to a shut off needed to prevent or reduce the risk to public health or safety.

2)            Extending the grace period for water and municipal electric charges until March 15, 2022.

3)            A grace period has been instituted for the unpaid balance of any sewer charges until March 15, 2022. Delinquent sewer charges that were sold at tax sale by January 1, 2022 are not affected. Please note that interest and penalties, including the year-end penalty, cannot be enforced on the unpaid balance.

4)            An installment plan must be offered to satisfy the unpaid balance of any water, sewer, and electric charges accrued between March 9, 2020 and March 15, 2022. Delinquent sewer charges accruing between March 9, 2020 and December 31, 2021 that had been sold at tax sale by January 1, 2022 are not affected.

  1. a) The installment plan shall have a minimum 12 month duration unless the residential customer requests a shorter payback period, and cannot require the residential customer to pay a down payment, deposit, or reconnection costs. The maximum duration of an installment plan remains five (5) years pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:5-19.
  1. b) An installment plan cannot require the payment of interest or penalties on the unpaid balance. 
  2. c) Notwithstanding N.J.S.A. 54:5-19, an installment plan must be offered even if one already exists on the property for property taxes, assessments or other municipal charges.
  3. d) If a residential customer does not agree to an installment plan within 30 days of being offered a plan by the municipality or local authority, appropriate enforcement action can be taken after March 15, 2022, including bringing to tax sale the unpaid balance accruing between March 9, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Please note that interest and penalties, including the year-end penalty, cannot be enforced on the unpaid balance.

5)            After March 15, 2022, delinquent water, sewer, and electric charges that had accrued prior to March 9, 2020 and after March 15, 2022 can be enforced pursuant to law including interest and penalties. A municipality or local authority is not obligated to offer an installment plan for such accrued charges. 

The term residential customer means a residential customer of record of a local authority or municipal utility, or any residential tenant of a residence where the owner or any agent or other representative of the owner of the residence is a non-residential customer of record. 

The Division will be issuing a Local Finance Notice with more detailed guidance on the new law. Notwithstanding Local Finance Notice 2021-22, ratepayer notices issued pursuant to P.L. 2021, c.97 must now be modified to reflect the new expiration date of the shutoff moratorium and grace period.  

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FY 2022 Local Efficiency Achievement Program (LEAP) Grants - 10/27/2021

The Division of Local Government Services and New Jersey's Shared Services Czars are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for FY 2022 Local Efficiency Achievement Program (LEAP) Grants. LEAP affords an unprecedented opportunity to incentivize shared services implementation across New Jersey's local government entities, advancing the mission of the Shared Services Program. LEAP facilitates exploring and establishing shared services by providing counties, municipalities, school districts, commissions, authorities and fire districts assistance for the study or implementation of promising shared services projects undertaken pursuant to the Uniform Shared Service and Consolidation Act.

 

Applications are due no later than January 15, 2022. 

 

Applications, Program Guidelines and detailed information about the FY 2022  LEAP Program is available at:

https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/programs/leapgrants.html

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Executive Order 229 - 03/12/2021

Executive Order 229, signed by the Governor on March 3, 2021, continues until June 30, 2021 the prohibition on 1) shutting off water and electricity supply to residential accounts, or accounts primarily serving residential customers, due to nonpayment unless the shut off is necessary to prevent or reduce the risk to public health or safety; and 2) collecting fees and charges for late or otherwise untimely water and electricity payments, or water and electric service reconnections that have accrued, and will continue to accrue, during the Public Health

Emergency declared in response to COVID-19.     

During the public health emergency, penalties or interest cannot be collected on late or otherwise delinquent water or electric payments from residential accounts or accounts primarily serving residential customers (such as an apartment building where the landlord is billed). 

Neither can delinquent water or electric charges, which have accrued before or during the Public Health Emergency declared in response to COVID- 19, become part of the year-end penalty under N.J.S.A. 54:4-67.  It does not matter whether the delinquency occurred before the public health emergency declaration on March 9, 2020, or while the public health emergency is ongoing.  If any subsequent charges are accrued during the public health emergency, then a municipality or authority is prohibited from collection activities related to those charges.  As a result, municipalities cannot bring delinquent water or electric charges to tax sale for the remainder of the public health emergency. 

Although collection activities on delinquent sewer/wastewater charges are not subject to the requirements of the Executive Order, municipalities with sewer utilities and authorities with wastewater operations are encouraged to be flexible and work with their customers on various payment options before pursuing collection activities during the public health emergency.  For municipalities with combined water/sewer utilities and authorities with water and wastewater operations, please note that delinquent sewer charges may not be sent to tax sale if the billing structure does not permit the sewer charge to be separated from the water charge.

The full text of Executive Order 229 can be found at https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-229.pdf

Municipalities and authorities to whom the Executive Order applies are encouraged to review the Order and consult legal counsel as needed.

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Authorities and Fire Districts-N.J.A.C. 5:31 Chapter Readoption - 02/26/2021

The Local Finance Board recently readopted N.J.A.C. 5:31, the chapter of rules pertaining to local authority budgets and financial administration. This readoption contains extensive rule changes corresponding to revised statutes, current regulatory guidance and forms. The majority of amendments codify previously existing requirements without change. Local Finance Notice 2021-04, accessible at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/21/2021-04.pdf, will review the amendments and new rules implementing new requirements or modifying existing ones. The Notice of Chapter Readoption is located under the Recently Adopted Rules heading at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/rules_reg.html

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Iran Investment Disclosure Now Pre-Award - 02/26/2021

Effective January 29, 2021, P.L. 2021, c. 4 amends the law requiring vendor and contractor disclosure of investment activities in Iran. The law allows the Iran investment disclosure form to be submitted prior to contract award and at the time the contract is renewed rather than with the bid or RFP submission. Although the law refers to State contracts, it also applies to contracting units subject to the Local Public, Public School, and County College Contracts Laws because N.J.S.A. 40A:11-2.1; 18A:18A-49.4; and 18A:64A-25.43, respectively, require these contracting units to follow the Iran disclosure procedure for State contracts. Contracting units are encouraged to review the new law with legal counsel and revise their procurement forms as necessary.

Notice Sent To: Procurement Officials; Chief Financial Officers; Authority Officials; Fire District Officials; Auditors

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Local Finance Notice 2020-25 - 10/19/2020

Local Finance Notice 2020-25, accessible at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/20/2020-25.pdf, explains recently enacted legislation pertaining to property tax collection, tax appeal refunds, and the waiver of interest and lien enforcement for certain delinquent water and sewer utility payments during emergency circumstances. Please review the Notice for further details.

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COVID-19 Deficit Financing - 10/14/2020

Local Finance Notice 2020-24, accessible at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/20/2020-24.pdf, explains new tools available to New Jersey local units for alleviating fiscal impacts related to the COVID-19 emergency. The provisions discussed in the Notice aim to maintain local government financial integrity while minimizing taxpayer hardship. One provision allows local units, upon certification to and approval by the Division of Local Government Services, to qualify a COVID-19 related operating deficit as a special emergency. Please review the Notice for further details.

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Remote Public Meetings-Newly Adopted Regulations - 09/24/2020

New DLGS emergency regulations establish standard protocols for remote public meetings held by a local public body during a Governor-declared emergency. These regulations include provisions concerning notice and facilitating public comment, along with minimum requirements for remote meeting technologies. Please review Local Finance Notice 2020-21, available at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/20/2020-21.pdf, for further details and guidance. The regulations can be viewed at https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/rules_docs/5_39/njac_5391.pdf.

The emergency regulations are being concurrently proposed for permanent adoption. The Notice of Emergency Adoption with Concurrent Proposal will appear in the October 19,

2020 New Jersey Register. Any formal comments on the regulations should be emailed to dlgs@dca.nj.gov with the heading Remote Public Meetings - Rule Proposal Comment.

Although the deadline for comment submission is November 18, the Division encourages earlier submission.

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