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DLGS-News Update (11-13-15)

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1. Changes to Local Finance Board Matters - Recently Enacted Legislation

On August 10, 2015, the Governor signed Senate Bill S2454 into law as P.L.
2015, c. 95. Known as the "Division of Local Government Services
Modernization and Local Mandate Relief Act of 2015", the law makes a series
of changes that streamline certain Division and Local Finance Board
functions, along with relieving local governments of certain mandates and
allowing greater flexibility in select areas. Local Finance Notice 2015-23
(www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/15/2015-23.pdf) is part of a series of
guidance documents discussing the changes enacted by this new law. It
pertains to certain matters either no longer requiring application for
approval by the Local Finance Board, or that remain Board matters but are
subject to new provisions. The changes discussed pertain to: Environmental
Infrastructure Trust loans, Qualified Bond Act municipalities seeking
approvals for other bonding, A new cap on financing fees charged by an
issuing entity, as well as credit enhancement fees charged by a local
government unit and Municipal port authority budgets are now approved by
DLGS Director rather than by the Local Finance Board.

2. CY 2016 Municipal and County Budget Cap Information

Local Finance 2015-22 (www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/15/2015-22.pdf)
addresses issues related to CY 2016 Municipal and County Budgets and the
1977 and 2010 cap laws. It includes information on the 1977 cap law Cost of
Living Adjustment and the use of the COLA ordinance (resolution) and Group
Health Insurance increase thresholds.

3. Chapter 159 Submittal Deadline

The deadline for submitting insertion of special items of revenues (Chapter
159) resolutions to the Division is December 23, 2015. The Chapter 159
Report is available from the "Fiscal Reports" link
(www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/resources/fiscal_rpts.shtml) on the Division
website. Also, all Title 40A 4-87 Insertion of Special Revenue and title
40A 4-85 Change of Title & Text resolutions adopted by a municipality or
county must be submitted to the Division electronically as per LFN 2014-11
(www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dlgs/lfns/14/2014-11.pdf). For assistance please
contact Jorge Carmona at (609) 292-1430 or email jorge.carmona@dca.nj.gov.

4. Filing Deadline Extended for 2013 Homestead Benefit Applications

The Division of Taxation has extended the filing deadline for 2013 Homestead
Benefit applications to December 31, 2015. The Homestead Benefit Internet
filing application on the Division of Taxation website
(http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/) and the automated telephone
filing system (877-658-2972) are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
during the filing period. Homeowners who need assistance should call the
Homestead Benefit Hotline (888-238-1233).


Conferences

1. New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference

The 100th Annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference "The
Foundation for a Bright Future" will be held at the Atlantic City Convention
Center from November 17-19, 2015. The Conference is an invaluable learning
experience which yields benefits throughout the year. Delegates have the
opportunity to learn and ask questions at more than 100 panels, clinics,
workshops, and other sessions conducted by the League and the 21
associations of technical and professional employees allied with it.
Commercial, government and association exhibits display the latest products
and services for municipal government. Visit
www.njslom.org/100thconf/index.html for detailed information about
registration rates, CEU's, and educational sessions.

2. Seminar: OPRA In Depth

The New Jersey League of Municipalities in cooperation with the New Jersey
Government Records Council is holding a seminar on the topic of "OPRA In
Depth: Redactions, Personal Privacy, Security, ACD, and Attorney Client
Privilege" on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, from 9:00a.m.-12:30p.m. at the
Doubletree Hotel located on 700 Hope Road in Tinton Falls, NJ 07724. This
first "OPRA In Depth" seminar is designed to aide those experienced
custodians in properly responding to these more difficult types of requests
to ensure that government transparency is maintained and record custodians
are in compliance with OPRA. CEUs have been approved. For additional
information please contact Danielle Holland-Htut at (609)695-3481 ext. 118
or dholland@njslom.org. Register online at:
http://www.njslom.org/seminar-documents/2015-dec1-opra.html.

3. Webinar: A Review of the Open Public Records Act

The New Jersey League of Municipalities in cooperation with the New Jersey
Government Records Council is holding a webinar titled "A Review of the Open
Public Records Act" Webinar on December 10, 2015 from 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
This webinar will assist the public, local government employees, governing
bodies, departments, boards and commissions to better understand the
mandatory requirements of the Open Public Records Act, as well as recent
rulings by the Government Records Council and NJ Superior Court that affect
the disclosure of government records. CEUs have been approved. For
additional information please contact Danielle Holland-Htut at (609)695-3481
ext. 118 or dholland@njslom.org. Register online at:
http://www.njslom.org/seminar-documents/2015-dec10-opra.html.

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