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03/13/2018   Municipal Budget Appropriations for Volunteer Fire Companies
01/18/2018   LOSAP CY2017 Annual CPI Adjustment
11/20/2017   LFN 2017-23 Update on Fire District Matters
09/25/2017   2018 Fire District Budget Submission
03/07/2017   Budget Appropriations for Volunteer Fire Companies & Districts

Municipal Budget Appropriations for Volunteer Fire Companies - 03/13/2018

Effective August 2015, Section 27 of P.L. 2015, c. 95 amended N.J.S.A. 40A:14-34 to increase the amount of funds 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).  In 2017 the maximum appropriation was increased to $150,750 for CY2017/SFY2018 and CY2018/SFY2019 municipal budgets.  In any municipality where there are more than three volunteer fire companies or fire districts, the governing body may appropriate an additional $50,000 annually for each additional volunteer company or fire district. Local Finance Notice 2017-6R has been issued to clarify that 1) the entirety of a municipality’s appropriation to a volunteer fire company or fire district is subject to the requirement that 50% thereof shall go towards fire equipment, materials, and supplies; and 2) fire companies and fire districts receiving a municipal budget appropriation must provide to the municipality an accounting of how those proceeds were utilized. 

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LOSAP CY2017 Annual CPI Adjustment - 01/18/2018

Local Finance Notice 2018-02 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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LFN 2017-23 Update on Fire District Matters - 11/20/2017

The Division of Local Government Services has identified certain recurring fire district-related issues, including incomplete Local Finance Board applications, Local Government Ethics Law violations, improper budget submissions, and other similar matters.  As such, the Division is issuing Local Finance Notice 2017-23 to address pertinent information regarding fire district budgets, financing applications, ethics, and district composition.  The Notice also discusses recently enacted laws pertaining to fire district consolidations and the movement of district elections to November. Through the issuance of this Notice, the Division hopes that district personnel and other professionals will better understand Local Finance Board expectations and the implications of relevant laws.

 

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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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Updated: 07/23/2018