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June 3, 2008

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. DCRP "Substantially Similar" Extension: In next few days, municipalities, counties and fire districts will receive a model ordinance/resolution and revised submission instructions for submitting to the Division of Pensions and Benefits their "substantially similar" determinations pursuant to Local Finance Notice 2008-10.  Accordingly, the submission date for submitting ordinance (municipalities) and resolutions (counties and fire districts as necessary) is extended until July 1.  Local units that have already submitted their documents are not affected by this.  Local that are in the process of adopting can continue, but are asked to not submit their action until they receive the revised instructions.

2. LUARC Executive Director:  The New Jersey Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization, and Consolidation Commission is seeking a qualified individual to serve as Executive Director.  The individual must be self-directed and resourceful, possess extensive knowledge of New Jersey municipal and county government structure and functions, have solid organization and writing skills, and be enthusiastic about the Commission's responsibility.  The position will be a full-time salaried position with the Department of Community Affairs, or depending on individual circumstances, an employee of a State education institution.  Salary is commensurate with experience. Additional details and submission information is available at:

Ongoing Matters

1. The Division of Local Government Services has determined that the revisions to CMPTRA announced on Friday, May 16 and posted online at serve as official revisions to the CMPTRA allocations certified on March 5, 2008 as part of Local Finance Notice 2008-5.  Effective immediately, the amount of revised Proposed CY 2008/FY 2009 CMPTA Award can be anticipated as a revenue in any budget, and the budget adopted if a municipality chooses to do so.  Like the original announcement, the amount is still subject to change pending adoption of the State's budget.  Questions concerning this can be e-mailed to

2. The deadline for senior and disabled HOMEOWNERS to file their 2007 Homestead Rebate Applications has been extended from June 2, 2008, to August 15, 2008.  The deadline for filing 2007 Senior Freeze (property tax reimbursement) applications has also been extended to August 15 from the original June 2 due date.

The Homestead Rebate Application deadline has also been extended for all eligible TENANTS, whether they're seniors or disabled or not.  The tenant rebate application (Form TR-1040) that was due on April 15, 2008 has a new filing deadline of August 15.  Agents are available during normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Homestead Rebate Questions: (Homeowners) 1-888-238-1233 (Tenants) 1-888-213-8623 Senior Freeze Questions: 1-800-882-6597

3. The New Jersey State Industrial Safety Committee in partnership with the N J Department of Labor and the N J State Safety Council will be hosting an Electrical Safety seminar on June 25. Registration is required no later than June 18.  For complete details and registration form please e-mail

4. 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 May 28, 2008.  This issue can be viewed online at:

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


                                                                        Very truly yours,


                                                                        William G. Dressel, Jr.
                                          Executive Director



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