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August 27, 2010

RE: “Best Practices” checklist

Dear Mayor:

By now you should have received a letter from DCA Commissioner Lori Grifa on the best practices checklist.    This checklist is a list of 88 yes or no questions that must be filled out and certified by your chief financial officer and returned to the State by October 1.   This checklist is significant since it will determine the percentage of your municipality’s December final state aid payment, ranging from 95% to 100% based upon the number of questions you answer in the affirmative.   

The League has begun a thorough review of this document.  We request your assistance in evaluating the checklist.  We have verbally notified members of the Administration that while we appreciate and support any efforts to promote best practices, we are soliciting your input and will communicate any concerns and questions to the Administration in an expedited manner.   Because of the impact the checklist will have on your municipal budgets both this year and next year, it is of utmost importance that we hear from you as soon as possible.

Commissioner Grifa’s letter and the checklist is available online at:   Please review the checklist, and provide us any comments and feedback you have. 

Please direct your comments to Mike Cerra at or 609-695-3481 x120, Lori Buckelew at or 609-695-3481 x112 or you can contact me at or 609-695-3481 x122.  

Very Truly Yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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