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September 28, 2010

RE: Best Practices Checklist Deadline

Dear Mayor:

We wanted to remind you that your municipality’s completed Best Practices Checklist must be returned to the Department of Community Affairs by THIS FRIDAY, October 1. Commissioner Grifa’s letter and a copy of the Checklist can be accessed at the DCA website, at

Please remember that, although the Checklist does not provide a “Not Applicable” or “N/A” option, you should write-in “N/A” on the questions that do not apply to your municipality or that would only apply, retroactively. The Department has so advised your Chief Finance Officer, via “Best Practices Frequently Asked Questions,” which was issued, pursuant to our request, on September 15. Those FAQ’s are available on our website at

Also, pursuant to the FAQ’s, “N/A” answers WILL NOT be counted as “NO” answers.
They WILL NOT count against you, for the determination of CMPTRA and Energy Tax withholding. Decisions regarding possible withholding will be based solely on the percentage of ‘NO” answers to applicable questions.

We had covered this in our September 15 letter ( However, with the deadline fast approaching, we wanted to provide you with this reminder.

Again, if you have any questions, the Department advises that you should contact Amey Upchurch at the Division of Local Government Services at for clarification.

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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