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January 27, 2009
Re:

Important New Information from the Division of Local Government Services

 



  

Dear Mayor:

We would like to draw your attention to some important new information on the website of the Division of Local Government Services.

1. The Division has temporarily removed several of the CY 2009 budget forms that were posted at www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/fiscal/budmenu.shtml.  Specifically, the new Excel versions of the CY 2009 budget form and Annual Debt Statement were removed for corrections.  Those that have already submitted ADS forms will be contacted if changes are necessary.  All other users are asked to wait a day or two until the revisions are posted.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  These new forms (replacing PDF forms) DO NOT contain formulas, they are for formatting purposes.  Those using these forms may add their own formulas to the worksheet.

2.  Governor Corzine recently signed the "Energy Saving Improvement Program" law (A-1185/S-1537) that provides for implementing energy savings improvements to public facilities and using the value of the energy savings to pay for them.  While the law takes effect in mid-March, the Division will be providing introductory information about it shortly. Watch for seminars on the issue as well.

3.  Managing Government E-mail Risk and How to Solve Them:  The League of Municipalities and NJ-GMIS (the Association of Government Technology (Professionals) will be presenting this new program on February 24 and 26. This event will examine how to manage e-mail when it comes to OPRA, records retention, and the new E-Discovery rules. It will also cover solutions for all sizes and ways of managing e-mail: from using your local cable company, hosted systems like G-mail, locally run Exchange systems, and large enterprise systems with hundreds of users.  The program will also include time for attendees to discuss their own solutions, and will also have vendors displaying technology.

The dates are Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at the PNC Bank Arts Center; and Thursday, February 26, 2009 at The Enterprise Center at Burlington County College in Mt. Laurel.  CMFO/CCFO, CPWM, RMC, CPA/RMA, RPPO/RPPS, and CRP earn valuable continuing education units.  Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking begin at 8:30 a.m., with the seminar starting at 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Get registration information at www.njslom.org/cal022409_022609.html.

4. Recent Local Finance Notices:

- 2009-2 (www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/lfns/09lfns/2009-2.doc) reviews the Local Finance Board's recent approval to modify several statutory budget deadlines.  The changes modify the statutory dates for introduction and adoption.  They also extend the date for holding a budget cap referendum and modify the dates for actions related to the referendum.  The schedule includes provisions for the "early" and "late" Property Tax Levy Cap referendums.

- 2009-3 (www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/lfns/09lfns/2009-3.doc) discusses the recently enacted P.L. 2008, c. 72 that affects officials required to file Financial Disclosure Statements under the Local Government Ethics Law.  The law requires NEW office holders to file an FDS within 30 days of taking office. This applies to officials that took office on January 1, 2009.

Reminders:

1. Local Finance Notice 2008-20 (www.nj.gov/dca/lgs/lfns/08lfns/2008-20.doc),"Contracting for Renewable Energy Services - P.L. 2008, c. 83", covers important public contracting and implementation issues of this new law that promotes local government use of solar and related renewable energy activities.  It also references the new Local Government Energy Audit program administered by the BPU as a preliminary step to implementing solar programs.

2. Local Government Energy Audit Grant Program: The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has announced the launch of a new program aimed at assisting local governments in identifying opportunities for energy efficiency.  The Local Government Energy Audit Program is open to public buildings owned by local government agencies and will provide funding for investment-grade energy audits from one of five pre-qualified energy auditing firms.  All local governments located within the service territory of at least one of New Jersey's public utility companies are eligible. Details and examples outlining the incentive payment process are provided on the New Jersey Clean Energy Program Web site at www.NJCleanEnergy.com/ssb.

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 January 14, 2009.  This issue can be viewed online at: www.nj.gov/dep/bulletin/bu2009_0114.pdf.

If you have any questions or concerns about this communication, please contact Deborah M. Kole, Staff Attorney, at the League, Ex. 137, or at dkole@njslom.com

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

 

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