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DLGS-News Update (8-18-15)

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Stay "connected" to recent developments in New Jersey state government and
check our Continuing Education Course Calendar online at:
www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/programs/certification.html. We encourage you
to explore upcoming educational opportunities in the areas of local
government finance, clerk/administration, tax collection and ethics.

1. LFN 2015-13: State Aid Payment Schedules

Local Finance Notice 2015-13
(www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/15/2015-13.pdf) summarizes the state aid
payment program for CY 2015 and SFY 2016 budgets. The state aid breakdown
and amounts for each payment cycle are posted on the Division of Local
Government Services' website at
www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/fiscal_rpts.shtml. Please select
"Aid Payments Recapitulations" in the "Select the Type of Report" drop-down
menu. You will find that answers for many questions are covered in this
Notice. For questions, please call the Office of Financial Regulation and
Assistance at (609) 292-4806.

2. Mandatory Direct Deposit for Local Unit Employees

Local Finance Notice 2015-14
(www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/15/2015-14.pdf) discusses the ability of
municipalities and counties to mandate direct deposit of employee pay, as
well as recently enacted legislation extending this power to local
authorities and fire districts. Through these laws, local units have an
additional tool with which to control personnel-related costs.

3. Searchable Local Finance Notice Index

The Division of Local Government Services now offers a searchable Excel
index of all Local Finance Notices currently posted on our website. Details
are provided in Local Finance Notice 2015-12
(www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/15/2015-12.pdf). The index will be
updated on a periodic basis and can be accessed on the Division's website at
www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/LFN_Overall_Sserachable_Index.xls.

4. July 2015 Tax Court Judgment Report

The State Tax Court has updated their website
www.judiciary.state.nj.us/taxcourt/monthlyjdgmnts.pdf with the new report
for July 2015. It should be noted that Tax Collectors will need to contact
their town attorney and/or assessor for copies of any stipulations that may
have been taken into consideration for these judgments as they will not be
listed on the report itself. The report is searchable by municipality and
prior reports are available at
www.judiciary.state.nj.us/taxcourt/taxcaseinfo.htm. Questions can be
emailed to Pat Turin at pat.turin@dca.nj.gov or call 609-292-6858.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.


Conferences

1. Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Seminar

The New Jersey League of Municipalities will be holding a seminar on
October 8, 2015 titled "Maximize Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
to Get the Most for Your Municipality". The program will run from 8:30am to
12:30pm at the DoubleTree Hotel on 780 Hope Road in Tinton Falls, NJ. This
seminar is designed to help municipalities fully participate in the CDBG
program. CEUs have been approved by the Division of Local Government
Services. The seminar agenda
(www.njslom.org/seminar-documents/2015-1008-cdbg.html) and registration form
(www.njslom.org/seminar-documents/registration-form-cdbg.pdf) are available
online. For assistance please contact Danielle Holland-Htut at 609-695-3481
ext. 118 or dholland@njslom.org.

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