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August 25, 2010

Re: Recent Changes on DLGS Website

Dear Mayor:

Here are the most recent updates to the DLGS website:

1. The Division of Taxation has begun mailing the 2009 Senior Freeze (Property Tax Reimbursement) checks to eligible applicants who filed by the original deadline of June 1, 2010.  The application deadline has now been extended to November 1, 2010.  Public inquiries can be made by calling 800-882-6597 or e-mail nj.taxation@treas.state.nj.us.

2. August 26, 2010 will mark the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote and the 36th anniversary of former Governor Brendan T. Byrne signing legislation to establish the New Jersey Division on Women.  Please join the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in celebrating the history and future of women's rights, privileges, and equality throughout our country by designating August 26, 2010 as Women's Equality Day in your municipality. For a "Women's Equality Day" sample resolution, please contact Ifeanyi Pole from the Division on Women at (609) 292-8840.

3. The DEP Bulletin contains a list of construction permit applications recently filed or acted upon by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  The latest issue was released August 18, 2010.  This issue can be viewed online at: www.nj.gov/dep/bulletin/bu2010_0818.pdf.

4. CY 2010 Statements of State Aid for use in preparing CY tax bills have been posted online at
www.state.nj.us/dca/lgs/muniaid/10_aid/10sosa/menu_ssa_2010.shtml.  The posting includes Local Finance Notice 2010-15 (www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/lfns/10lfns/2010-15.doc) and the certification that must be filed with the Division.  The Statements are to be used by CY and TY 2010 municipalities that have adopted their budgets and have received their tax rates from the County Board of Taxation.  They are not to be used on estimated 3rd quarter bills; in those cases they are to appear on the final 4th quarter billing.  They are also to be used by SFY municipalities reverting to a calendar year for Transition Year 2010. SFY 2011 municipal Statement's will be posted later this year and are included with the 1st and 2nd quarter billing.

5. Most CY 2010/SFY 2011 State Aid Payment Recapitulation Statements have now been posted online at www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/muniaid/10_aid/10ars/menu_ars_2010.shtml.  Local Finance Notice 2010-16 (www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/lfns/10lfns/2010-16.doc) describes the Notice and provides specific details about the payment schedule.

6. Local Finance Notice 2010-17 (www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/lfns/10lfns/2010-17.doc) announces the COLA rate for SFY 2011 budgets and the increase rate in State Health Benefit rates which will drive cap exceptions for all SFY 2011 budgets.  The COLA rate for SFY 2011 budgets is 0%; however the governing body can pass the COLA ordinance for an increase of 3.5%, which will also allow you to bank any unused cap.  There is no automatic increase to the cap base. The SHB increase is 11.6%.  Please review the notice to determine how this information affects your organization.

7. The State Division of Consumer Affairs wants all local units that maintain lighted athletic facilities to be aware that the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that outdoor steel stadium light poles manufactured by Whitco Co. LP, of Fort Worth, Texas can fracture, posing a risk of serious injury or death. Additional details and photos showing the problems are online at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10295.html.  To reduce the risk of injury, Whitco Co. LP outdoor steel stadium light poles should be inspected immediately by a qualified professional.  If you have questions regarding this warning, contact CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or send an e-mail to info@cpsc.gov.  PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH APPROPRIATE MEMBERS OF YOUR ORGANIZATION.

8. Local Finance Notice 2010-14 (www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/lfns/10lfns/2010-14.doc) describes the CY 2010/SFY 2011 Transitional Aid Program.  This new program combines three previous discretionary aid programs into a single property tax relief program for the state's most fiscally challenged municipalities. The program Application is available at www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/lfns/10lfns/taapp.doc.  Please carefully review the Local Finance Notice to ensure the municipality meets the application criteria and files the Notice of Intent to Apply.

9. Tax Collectors are advised that the New Jersey State Tax Court will no longer be sending Tax Collectors paper copies of judgments rendered for municipalities.  Beginning June 2010, the State Tax Court website (www.judiciary.state.nj.us/taxcourt/monthlyjdgmnts.pdf) will be updated each month for municipalities to retrieve their information and make the appropriate adjustments to properties that have been heard by the Court.  Questions regarding this new procedure can be directed to Pat Turin at 609-292-6858 or e-mail to pturin@dca.state.nj.us.

10. FTC Red Flag Update: The Federal Trade Commission Red Flag requirements for organizations that extend credit to their customers to establish privacy procedures in the handling of their information was to take effect on June 1, 2010.  However, the FTC has extended the implementation date to December 31, 2010.  Organizations with Red Flag responsibilities are encouraged to implement Red Flag requirements in their internal control systems sooner than that.  The FTC has created new web sites to provide compliance information (www.ftc.gov/redflagsrule) with an emphasis on organizations with low risks
(www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/redflagsrule/diy-template.shtm).

12. "OPRA Alert" Newsletter: The Appellate Division recently rendered a decision that greatly impacts how custodians charge for paper copies pursuant to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request.  The Government Records Council (GRC) has included a discussion of this recent decision and instructions on how to calculate actual cost in its June 2010 "OPRA Alert Volume 2 Issue 3" (www.nj.gov/grc/news/alerts/).  If you have any questions regarding OPRA issues, please contact the GRC for guidance at your convenience at 866-850-0511 or grc@dca.state.nj.us.

14. Local Finance Notice 2010-12 (www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/lfns/10lfns/2010-12.doc) provides guidance regarding "The Impact of Chapter 2, P.L. 2010 on Local Unit Health Benefits Programs."  The Notice provides important guidance to all local employers, those who are members of the State Health Benefits Program and those who are not.

15. The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control has posted an important "Notice to Licensees and Municipal Issuing Authorities of Changes to Statute Governing Late-Filed Renewal Applications, N.J.S.A. 33:1-12.18" on their Division website at www.state.nj.us/lps/abc/index.html.  The Municipal Clerk and ABC Board Secretary should immediately review these changes.  Questions may be directed to Deputy Attorney General Lorinda Lasus at 609-633-6076.

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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