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Posted on: November 2, 2018

DLGS Offers Guidance on "Best Practices"

We call your attention to the following guidance from the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) regarding the “Best Practices” checklist, which was sent out earlier this week:

The CY2018/SFY2019 Best Practices Inventory reflects the Division of Local Government Services’ recalibration of this tool. Beyond evaluating municipalities’ core competencies, the Division strives to improve municipal data collection and enhance state services through the Best Practices Inventory.

In this vein, the Division recently met with the League of Municipalities, Municipal Managers Association, and the Government Finance Officers Association to discuss this year’s Inventory. Discussions emphasized local understanding of and responses to the current questions and enhancing the Inventory’s potential as a means of promoting responsible governance in a productive and non-punitive fashion. To this end, future iterations of the inventory may incorporate a survey tool. The Division will continue to engage stakeholders throughout the development of the CY2019/SFY2020 Best Practices Inventory.

Particularly in this transition year, the Division strongly encourages municipalities that score below the minimum aid-receipt threshold to contact the Division before the November 12 deadline; Division staff will review the Inventory with these municipalities to determine whether additional positive credit may be granted.

Contact: Michael F. Cerra, Assistant Executive Director,, 609-695-3481, x120.

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