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27
Dec. 2017

Governor Christie has just issued an Executive Order directing the Director of the Division of Local Government Services to “notify municipalities to accept payments for 2018 property taxes in calendar year 2017 and require them to credit those payments as received in 2017 if the payment is postmarked on or before December 31, 2017. Click here for a copy of the Executive Order.

Shortly after, the Department of Community Affairs, Division of Local Government Services issued a Local Finance Notice (LFN), stating that municipalities must accept 2018 tax pre-payment for property taxes. Click here for a copy of the LFN. 
6
Dec. 2017

The New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission has issued its fourth and final Report. The Commission continues to call for reforms to State Health Benefits, including: a constitutional amendment to set a payment schedule but only in exchange for reforms; future retirement benefits should be a cash balance program (i.e., 401K); use health benefit savings to bolster pension funding; and re-examining the role of early retirement in the public sector.  The report acknowledges the 2010 reforms, but calls for additional action, noting that, “intransigence, inaction, apathy, and denial are habits the State can no longer afford when it is at risk of losing budget flexibility necessary to respond to emerging challenges and crises. This is dangerous for everyone.” The Commission calls for significant legislative and constitutional action. Click here for the full report.

28
Sept. 2017
Unanimously approved by the Legislature and the Governor in  June 2014, the extension on the 2% cap on Interest Arbitration awards is set to expire on December 31, 2017. While the 2% property tax levy cap will continue, the cap on Interest Arbitration awards will expire on the same day that the final report and recommendations of the Police and Fire Public Interest Arbitration Impact Task Force is due, unless the Legislature and Governor act. The League is active in this matter and is posting regular updates.
Visit http://www.njslom.org/interest-arbitration.html for the latest news
25
July 2017
Governor Takes Action on Bills of Interest
Prior to his departure for the Republican Governors’ Conference, Gov. Christie cleared his desk of numerous pieces of legislation. This week, the League’s Legislative team provides a rundown of the items impacting municipal governments, including bills signed and vetoed. For the full report, visit https://njlmblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/governor-takes-action-on-bills-of-interest/

 

 

 

 

 

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