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Posted on: February 23, 2024

LFN 2024-03 Outlines Appropriations Cap Relief for Municipal Budgets

On Thursday, the Division of Local Government Services issued Local Finance Notice 2024-03 outlining appropriations cap relief for CY2024/SFY2025 budgets.  

As we reported last week, the Local Finance Board approved the following...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: February 23, 2024

Local Finance Notice Issued on Russia-Belarus Contracting Law

Local Finance Notice 2024-04 comes after an unfavorable ruling in the Federal District Court, which resulted in the NJ Treasury announcing changes to its list of persons and entities banned from public contracts because of ties to Russia...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: February 16, 2024

Local Finance Board Approves 2024 Appropriations Cap Exceptions

During Wednesday’s meeting, the Local Finance Board unanimously approved exceptions to the appropriation cap. Under N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.3(d), the Local Finance Board has the authority to grant additional exceptions under extraordinary circumstance...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Passing of League’s Bond Counsel Edward “Ed” McManimon

The League mourns the passing of Edward “Ed” J. McManimon III, 77, who died February 2, at his home with his family after a long illness. A longtime friend and supporter of the League, he was a recipient of the New Jersey League of Munic...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Affordable Connectivity Program Funds Nearly Exhausted

Without congressional action, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which was created in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and provides a monthly $30 discount on home broadband services will exhaust its funding in April. Ther...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: February 7, 2024

Application for Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program Open

Fiscal Year 2023 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is open through March 8 at 5:00 p.m. AFG funds needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel, enhance efficiencies,&...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: February 2, 2024

House Passes Tax Reform Bill Without SALT Cap Deduction Change

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7024 by a vote of 357-70. The Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024 does not include any changes to the $10,000 State and Local Tax (SALT)&nb...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: January 26, 2024

DOH ask Local Entities to Complete Survey

The DOH is requesting that county and municipal government professionals, staff, youth groups, and parent groups participate in a survey provide feedback on the redesign of DOH’s Parent Link web page. The survey must be complet...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: January 26, 2024

Division Releases Guidance on Levy Cap Referendum Procedures

On Wednesday, January 24, the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) issued Local Finance Notice 2024-02 providing guidance on the CY 2024 Municipal Levy Cap Referendum procedures for municipalities considering holding a public referendum o...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: January 26, 2024

Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund Grants

Earlier this week the Department of Community Affairs (DCAposted announced the New Jersey Historic Trust (the Trust)  Preservation Fund grant funding for 2024 is available....

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Short-Term Funding Agreement to Keep the Federal Government Open

On Thursday, a day before some federal government departments funding expired, the Senate and the House passed another Continuing Resolutionto fund the government in another two-step process, through...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: January 19, 2024

Bills of Interest Signed by Governor

Governor Murphy has acted on the remaining 2022-2023 Legislative term bills on his desk. Below are some of the new laws that may impact your municipality: ? 

 

P.L. 2023, c. 33...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: January 12, 2024

NJDA Spotted Lanternfly Chemical Control Treatment Grant

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) has announced up to $20,000 per municipality grant funding for the Spotted Lanternfly Chemical Control Treatment program for the 2024-2026 treatment season. Grant funding ...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: January 5, 2024

Bills Revising Workers’ Compensation Coverage Advances

On Thursday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee favorably reported, A-5909 and the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee favorably reported S-4267. The identical legislation revises workers&...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: January 5, 2024

Shared Services Filing Requirements Bill Advances

Yesterday, the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee favorably reported S-4264 which concerns filing requirements for shared services agreements. This legislation would require local units entering into ...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: January 5, 2024

Court Blocks Enforcement of Russia-Belarus Law

A recent decision from the U.S. District Court found that New Jersey acted unconstitutionally when it tried to add the U.S. subsidiary of Kyocera to a State list of Russian-affiliated entities that are banned from State...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: December 22, 2023

SHBP Claims & 3rd Party Administrator Signed Into Law

Governor Murphy signed legislation (S-3756) that permits the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) and School Employees Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) to award contracts for more claims administrators for each program plan and provide claims data and tren...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: December 21, 2023

Division Issues Guidance on CY 2024 Budget

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2023-22 providing updates on the 2024 calendar year budget process for counties and municipalities, including deadline extensions, COVID special emergencies, and capital budgets for...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: December 15, 2023

Senate Labor Passes Bill Increasing Workers Comp Contingency Fees

On Thursday, the Senate Labor Committee favorably reported S-4059. This legislation increases workers' compensation contingency fees from 20% to 25%, and is  companion to A-5659, which we reported on two weeks ...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: December 15, 2023

Local Finance Board Approves CY 2024 Budget Deadline Extensions

During the December 13 Local Finance Board Meeting, and pursuant to NJSA 40A:4-5.1, the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) proposed and approved a revised deadline schedule for the introduction and adoption of CY 2024 municipal budgets. The revi...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: December 8, 2023

Stay NJ Taskforce Announced

Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp have been appointed to the Stay New Jersey Task Force, which was established to implement the Stay New Jersey Property Tax Relief Program.

On Monday, December 4, Governor Murphy, Senate Presid...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: December 8, 2023

Court Rules NJ Tax Sale Foreclosure Violates Constitution

This week, a NJ appellate panel issued a published decision that will have a sweeping impact on New Jersey’s Tax Sale Law and will undoubtedly result in legislative action. 

In 257-261 20th Avenue Realty, LLC v. Alessandro Roberto the co...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: December 1, 2023

Governor Conditionally Vetoes SHBC Claims Administrators Bill

On Monday, Governor Murphy conditionally vetoed S-3756 ScsSa that permits the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) to award contracts for more claims administrators and requires claims data and trend reports to be provided to certain persons.

The p...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: November 3, 2023

Deadline to Obligate ARP SLFRF Funds Nears One-Year Countdown

The American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program provided funds to every municipality in the country to mitigate the damage caused by the pandemic. New Jersey received $10.2 billion including $1.74 billion split among all mun...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: October 20, 2023

Acting Governor Way Signs Pair of Bills to Support Small Business

Acting Governor Tehesha Way signed two bills this week aimed at helping support small businesses. The first bill, A-3424/S-1447 establishes an Annual Business Matchmaking Event to connect small businesses with federal, state, and local government...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: October 12, 2023

DLGS Issues LFN 2023-18 with Guidance on Fire District Budgets & Elections

The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) has issued Local Finance Notice 2023-18 (LFN 2023-18) outlining the Calendar Year (CY) 2024 fire district budget process. Fire districts are mandated to submit their CY 2024 budgets through the Financial Au...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: October 13, 2023

DLGS Issues CY 2024 Municipal Budget Cap Information

The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) has issued Local Finance Notices 2023-19 to address issues related to the CY 2024 municipal budget and the 1977 and 2010 cap laws.  

The Division has advised that the appropriations cap COLA for CY ...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: October 6, 2023

NJDOL Enhances Portal for Fair Wage Transparency & Compliance

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) recently added a New Jersey Certified Payroll Database, to its New Jersey Wage Hub. This data based allows for certified payroll records submitted by public work contractors to be availa...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: September 15, 2023

Governor Names Jaquelyn Suárez as Acting DCA Commissioner

Governor Murphy has named Division of Local Government Services Director Jacquelyn Suárez as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Effective September, 18 Suárez will serve as Acting DCA Commissioner pendi...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: September 15, 2023

New Workplace Accountability in Labor List (WALL) Now Live

The New Jersey Department of Labor Workforce Development's (NJDOL) Workplace Accountability in Labor List (WALL) is now available. 

This list includes entities found to be in violation of New Jersey's wage, benefit, and tax laws. Entities listed o...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: September 8, 2023

State Offering Free ARP SLFRF Compliance Consulting

The Governor’s Disaster Recovery Office (GDRO) is offering municipalities free American Rescue Plan (ARP) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) compliance consulting. The GRDO is utilizing four separate consulting firms to offer ARP SLFR...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: August 31, 2023

Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Starts Municipal Outreach Campaign

The New Jersey Department of the Treasury's Unclaimed Property Administration (UPA) announced an outreach campaign last week to reunite New Jersey's counties and municipalities with their property.

UPA will proactively contact th...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: August 28, 2023

Have Your Voices Heard: Send in Your Conference Resolutions

Sending in Conference Resolutions that suggest changes to improve municipal life helps build the foundation for the League Legislative team’s annual actions.

If you have a topic to improve local government and address an issue impacting local gov...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: August 24, 2023

U.S. Treasury Releases Interim Final Rule on ARPA Flex

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Treasury released its long-awaited Interim Final Rule on ARPA Flex and an Overview of the Interim Final Rule. ARPA Flex was a provision passed by Congress in December 2022. 

This rule cr...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: August 21, 2023

Plan Your Education Sessions

Dozens of sessions have been posted with their full CEU credits on the League Conference website. Start planning today!

For those attending the Conference with earning continuing education credits on their to-do list, planning is easier than ever this year...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: August 18, 2023

Enforcement of Russia-Belarus Law Temporarily Suspended

A recent legal challenge has caused State officials to temporarily halt the enforcement of the law prohibiting government dealings with businesses associated with Russia and Belarus. 

On August 4, the United States District Court for the District ...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: August 18, 2023

Governor Signs Bill Requiring Online PWCR & Payroll Certificates

Governor Murphy signed into law S-1442/A-5345, which requires public works contractor registration and payroll certification for public works projects to be completed online. P.L. 2023, c. 138 will take effect next year on August 16, 2024.  &...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: August 1, 2023

Early Bird Conference Registration Now Open!

Registration for the 108th Annual League Conference is now open! Take advantage of the lowest rates of the year, saving $40 off the regular registration cost with Early Bird pricing running Aug. 1-Sept. 30.

Early Bird Registration rates are:

  • Government/Nonp...
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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: July 24, 2023

Advance Your Causes with Conference Resolutions

If you have a topic to improve local government and address an issue impacting local governance, send in a Conference Resolution for consideration at this year’s Annual Conference. Any elected officials currently in municipal office, municipal professiona...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: July 7, 2023

MWC & NJLM Launches Mental Health Grant Opportunity

The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute's Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities has announced a funding opportunity for communities working to address local mental health needs. The...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: June 15, 2023

Court Decision Will Impact Municipal Collection of BPPT

This week, an Appellate Panel released their opinion in Verizon New Jersey v. Borough of Hopewell, a case which the League participated in as amicus because of its broad implications on New Jersey’s municipalities.

The Appellate Panel ma...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: June 2, 2023

Congress Passes Fiscal Responsibility Act

On Wednesday night the House passed H.R. 3746, the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 by a margin of 314-117 and on Thursday the Senate passed the legislation by a vote of 63-36 after a series of amendments were not agreed to. President is expected to imme...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: May 26, 2023

SCOTUS Decision Could Impact NJ Property Tax Laws

This week, SCOTUS issued a unanimous decision in Tyler v. Hennepin County, Minnesota, a case where a property owner argued that the Minnesota state law allowing Hennepin County to retain a $25,000 surplus following the auction sale of her home for unpaid ...

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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: May 26, 2023

DLGS Issues Guidance on Russia-Belarus Certification

The Division of Local Government Services has issued Local Finance Notice 2023-11 providing guidance on the Russia-Belarus Certification. 

We would like to highlight the following from the Notice:

  • Department of Treasury has published a list (Russia...
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Tax Collectors & Treasurers (TCTANJ)
Posted on: May 12, 2023

Governor Signs Deferred Compensation Plans Investments Bill

On May 8, Governor Murphy signed into law S-2423/A-3746, which permits local government deferred compensation plans to invest in collective investment trusts. The League supported this legislation that adds collective investments to the types of investmen...

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