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DLGS-News Update (7-14-15)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015   (0 Comments)
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1. CY 2015 Statement of State Aid

With final adoption of the State budget, CY 2015 Statements of State Aid
("SOSA") have been posted for Calendar Year municipalities that did not
apply for transitional state aid. Statements for individual municipalities,
along with a statewide summary worksheet, can be downloaded from the
Division of Local Government Service's Municipal State Aid website under
Individual Municipal Certifications/Statement of State Aid for 2015
(http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/muni_stateaid.html). Please
review Local Finance Notice 2015-10
(http://nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/15/2015-10.pdf) for more detailed
information.

2. User-Friendly Budgets

2015 user-friendly budgets from the adopted budgets of more than 450
municipalities have been posted to the DLGS website. As further explained
in LFN 2015-9 (www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/15/2015-09.pdf), N.J.A.C.
5:30-3.8 requires user-friendly budgets to be incorporated into introduced
(approved) and adopted annual municipal budgets. DLGS will continue to post
user-friendly budgets on a regular basis as they are submitted to the
Division by municipalities along with their adopted budgets. Available
user-friendly budgets can be found at:
http://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/fiscal_rpts.shtml

3. Storm Response - Financing and Procurement Matters

On June 23, 2015, storms moved through New Jersey bringing significant
rainfall and damage to portions of the State. Local Finance Notice 2015-11
(www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/15/2015-11.pdf) has been issued to
inform impacted local units of relevant post-storm financing and procurement
matters. Municipal and Freeholder Board Clerks are asked to distribute this
notice to their elected officials.

4. Minimum Bid Thresholds Adjusted by State Treasurer

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11-3, the State Treasurer has increased the minimum
bid threshold from $36,000 to $40,000 for entities subject to the Local
Public Contracts Law whose purchasing agents possess a Qualified Purchasing
Agent (QPA) certificate awarded by the Division of Local Government
Services. As such, the new quote threshold for local units with QPAs is
$6,000 (15% of the $40,000 QPA bid threshold). Local units that do not have
a QPA-certified purchasing agent remain subject to the $17,500 minimum bid
threshold set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:11-3 and 40A:11-9a, with the
corresponding quote threshold remaining $2,625 (15% of the $17,500 non-QPA
bid threshold). Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-3, the State Treasurer has also
increased the minimum bid thresholds for school districts with QPA-certified
purchasing agents from $36,000 to $40,000. Like local units with QPAs, the
new quote threshold for school districts with QPAs is $6,000. The minimum
bid threshold for those school districts without QPA-certified purchasing
agents has also been increased from $26,000 to $29,000, with the
corresponding quote threshold increased to $4,350 (15% of the $29,000
non-QPA school district bid threshold). The bid threshold adjustments are
effective as of July 1, 2015. The Division will be issuing a Local Finance
Notice further discussing the matter.

5. Chapter 159 Submittals

An advisement has been issued regarding LFN 2014-11
(www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/14/2014-11.pdf) whereby all adopted
Chapter 159 Resolutions submitted to the Director of the Division of Local
Government Services for approval must be submitted electronically. It is no
longer necessary to mail hard copies. If you should have any questions as
to how to electronically file the 159 Resolutions, please contact Jorge
Carmona at Jorge.carmona@dca.nj.gov or call (609) 292-1430. For technical
assistance, please call Mark Brodowski at (609) 633-2504.

6. 2015 Revenue Sharing Report Forms

Forms for the 2015 certification of property tax deductions and veteran
deductions are now available in the Tax Collector document library. As in
the past, the forms should be printed out and then completed. Collectors
should mail the completed paper forms with original signatures to the county
boards of taxation. The boards, in turn, shall mail hard copies to the
Division of Taxation. For QUESTIONS or ASSISTANCE with the forms, please
contact Jessica Lanna at (609) 943-4399. For assistance with access to the
document library, please email EGG@dca.state.nj.us

7. Revised 2015 Income Guidelines

A memo regarding Revised 2015 Income Guidelines for Real Property Tax
Deduction for Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons and Surviving Spouses has
been posted to the Tax Collector Library. The guidelines are to assist all
concerned with the administration of Chapter 129, Laws of 1976, as amended,
and to aid in determining income which may be deducted or excluded from
gross income of citizens and residents of this state, 65 years of age or
more, or less than 65 years but permanently and totally disabled, or their
surviving spouses, age 55 or more, in certain cases, who are applying for
the Real property Tax Deduction under N.J.S.A. 54:4-8.40 et seq. For
questions please call Susan Dobay, Supervising Field Representative, at
(609) 633-8443.

8. New Rule Changes for Public Records Management

Changes to Title 15 of the New Jersey Administrative Code can be viewed
online at
www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/rms/pdf/AmendmentsNJAC%2015_3.pdf. These
recently implemented changes collectively mark a new era in public records
management in New Jersey. For additional information, please email Nichole
Carthan at Nichole.Carthan@treas.nj.gov.

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