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September 9, 2010

RE:  DCA Checklist Clarifications Forthcoming

Dear Mayor:

As a follow up to our August 27 “Dear Mayor” letter, we met with DCA Commissioner Lori Grifa and her staff today to discuss potential problems related to the Department’s “Best Practices” checklist. We had previously provided the Commissioner with a list of technical concerns which were a compilation of issues raised by Mayors, Administrators and Chief Financial Officers.

Mr. Tom Neff, who will, on Monday, officially become Director of the Division of Local Government Services, was also present for this important meeting.

In response to your concerns, the Department will issue clarifications. These clarifications will ensure consideration of the particular circumstances of a municipality and preclude the retroactive application of checklist practices in determining potential reductions in December CMPTRA and Energy Tax distributions. In other words, withholding determinations will NOT be made based on answers to items that do not apply to your municipality. And, in no event will amounts be withheld with respect to municipal practices occurring prior to the issuance of the checklist.

The clarification is expected to be distributed to Municipal Clerks and Chief Financial Officers on Monday, via the Department’s GovConnect system. We will also distribute the clarification to you through our normal communications channels.     

We thank all of you who contacted us regarding the August 25 “Best Practices” inventory. Your input was crucial.

We also thank Commissioner Grifa for taking the time to meet with us on this matter and for her attention to our concerns. Since becoming Commissioner, she has been generous in sharing her time with the League and our member municipal officials. We appreciate her consideration and her consistent willingness to weigh our position on this, and all other matters related to State-municipal relations.

If you have any questions, contact Lori Buckelew at or 609-695-3481, ext. 112.

Very truly yours,

Hon Jim Anzaldi,                                             William G. Dressel, Jr.
Mayor, Clifton and                                          Executive Director
President, NJLM




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