January 13, 2014
Re: I. Governor Takes Action on Various Bills of Interest
II. New Content on DLGS Web Site
I. Governor Takes Action on Various Bills of Interest
As the 215th Legislative Session comes to a close, earlier today Governor Christie took action on the following bills of interest to municipalities:
1. P.L. 2013, c. 177, requires the State Treasurer to reimburse the family for the actual expense of public safety employee’s funeral, up to $10,000, if they were killed in the performance of their duties. The reimbursement must be reduced by any amount paid by worker compensation for funeral expenses. A public safety employee includes a police officer, firefighter, volunteer firefighter, EMT or volunteer First Aid member. The bill takes effect immediately.
2. P.L. 2013, c. 186, requires age-restricted multiple dwelling owners with more than 20 dwelling units to annually prepare and maintain emergency building operations plans in coordination with the municipal emergency management coordinator. The plan would prepare the building for any possible loss of essential services, such as adequate heat, water, hot water, electricity, gas or telephone services or any other substantial disruption to daily living that could result during an emergency. A copy of the plan must be filed with the municipal emergency management coordinator and any public utility providing service to the multiple dwelling. The League supported this legislation that takes effects immediately.
3. S-450/A-3420, which would require property tax bills to contain eligibility information on State tax relief programs was vetoedby the Governor. Specifically, the bill would have required municipalities to include in each property tax bill a list of the various State property tax relief programs in effect for that year and the eligibility requirements for each of the programs. The list would be prepared by the Division of Local Government Services. The League opposed this bill, as it would have placed an administrative burden on already strained municipalities. We believe that the intent of the legislation could be accomplished by requiring the same information to be distributed with the annual State income tax information.
II. New Content on DLGS Web Site
The Division of Local Government Service’s has posted the following new content on their website:
1. LOSAP Annual CPI Adjustment for CY 2014: Local Finance Notice 2014-01 provides local units administering a Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) with general information regarding LOSAP award increases together with the annual cost of living adjustment to the maximum award amounts.
2. CY 2014 Budget Matters: Local Finance Notice 2013-25 contains important information concerning the CY 2014 budget process, including a moderate extension of budget introduction and adoption deadlines. All Business Administrators and CFOs should review this notice carefully and share it with appropriate officers who participate in the budget planning process.
3. Filing Deadline Extension for 2012 Homestead Benefit: The Division of Taxation has extended the filing deadline for 2012 Homestead Benefit applications to January 31, 2014. Members of the public who need assistance can call the Homestead Benefit Hotline at (888) 238-1233.
4. State Library Per Capita Aid (PCSA) Application: The Application for State Library Aid (Per Capita) is now available on the State Library's website. Please visit http://lss.njstatelib.org/per_capita_state_aid and look under the heading "Data Year 2013" for the Application, Instructions and Cover Letter. The due date for submission of the Application is March 15, 2013. For questions, please call 609-278-2640 ext. 192 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.