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August 21, 2013

Re:    New Content on DLGS Web Site

Dear Mayor:

The Division of Local Government Service’s has posted the following new content on their website:
1.         2013 Special Primary / General Election Expense Reimbursements:  The Division of Elections, has issued a memorandum concerning reimbursement of specified expenses for the 2013 Special Primary Election/Special General Election for the office of U.S. Senate.  Questions concerning the notice should be directed to your County Board of Election or the Division of Elections.  The DLGS will accept this memorandum as the formal award letter for the purpose of approving a (ch. 159) Budget Amendment.  However, the requested amendment must include a cost estimate with fully documented supporting detail.  As is the normal process, the Freeholder Board shall, by resolution, approve this amendment along with its associated cost estimate.  Also, the accounting for this revenue and appropriation will remain in the current fund in support of the County Clerk and Election Board line-item appropriations.  For more information please see our July 17 Dear Mayor Letter.  

2.         Mailing of 2012 Property Tax Reimbursement (Senior Freeze) Checks:  The Division of Taxation has begun the mailing of 2012 Property Tax Reimbursement (Senior Freeze) checks.  Property owners who need assistance should be referred to the Property Tax Reimbursement Hotline at (800) 882-6597.

3.         2013 Income Guidelines for Real Property Tax Deductions:  A document regarding Revised 2013 Income Guidelines for Real Property Tax Deductions for Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons and Surviving Spouses has been posted to the Tax Collector Library.  The guidelines are to assist 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 qualified citizens and residents of New Jersey who are applying for the Real Property Tax Deduction under N.J.S.A. 54:4-8.40 et seq. For questions concerning the income guidelines, please call Susan Dobay at (609) 633-8443.

4.         Affordable Care Act (ACA) Guidance:  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010, after being enacted by Congress.  Local government employers should be engaged in an ongoing review of the requirements of the ACA with their legal counsel, health benefits consultants, and payroll companies to ensure that your local government is complying with the law.  On July 9, 2013, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced transition relief for 2014.  Information about the transition relief can be found in IRS Notice 2013-45 at  This particular transition relief has no effect on the effective date or application of other ACA provisions, such as the premium tax credit.  More information concerning the ACA tax provisions are available on the IRS ACA Tax Provisions web site at  A complete copy of the ACA is available at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services web site at
As a reminder, onWednesday, August 28, at 2:00 p.m. ET, NLC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hosta free online learning session on the Health Insurance Marketplace and SHOP, with information on how elected officials can help residents and small businesses obtain the health care coverage they need.  For more information please see our August 13 Dear Mayor Letter.

5.         FY14 Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities:  The FY14 Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities is available in SAGE at  The purpose is to assist local governments with grant funding to support local programs that commence or expand recreation and leisure services for persons with disabilities.  The application deadline is August 31, 2013.  Only municipalities and counties may apply.  For questions or assistance please contact Pat Swartz at (609)984-6654 or email

6.         Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP): The program addresses the shortage of affordable rental and for sale housing caused by Superstorm Sandy, while at the same time returning abandoned and blighted housing to viability.  It is designed to support local efforts to redevelop or rebuild strong neighborhoods within the nine (9) counties most impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Those nine (9) counties are Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union.  Details regarding the NEP are available within SAGE's List of Available Grant Opportunities at:  If interested please preregister for the following MANDATORY technical workshop: September 5, 2013 at 9 am, DCA Building (101 S. Broad Street, Trenton), Conference Room 129.  RSVP By September 3, 2013 to Jill Woolford


Cooperative Contracts Roundtable:            The NJ Division of Purchase and Property will be hosting a free seminar on Friday, August 23, 2013 at the Public Health Environmental and Agricultural Laboratory (PHEAL), New Jersey State Police HQ Complex, 3 Schwarzkopf Drive, Ewing, New Jersey 08628 from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm.  This session is designed to inform you about contracts which can aid you in pre-planning and preparedness for future emergencies.  Discussion topics will include: Fuels, Generators, Walk-In Building Supplies, Ready-to-Eat Meals, Shower Trailers and Debris Removal.  CEUs have been approved.  For questions and registration, please contact the Cooperative Purchasing Outreach Team at (609) 984-7047 or email

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director





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