Proposed NJ Bill Bans Third Party Tax Appeals

by Jason T. Mushnick on March 24, 2017

Proposed NJ Bill Bans Third Party Tax Appeals

New Jersey lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would prohibit third parties from filing property tax appeals with respect to the property of others. Bills have been introduced in both the Senate and the Assembly. Under current law, property taxpayers may challenge the assessment or exempt status of their own property as well as that […]

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NJ Appeals Court Addresses Standing to Challenge Site Plan Approval

In a recent decision, the Appellate Division clarified when parties have standing to challenge a site plan approval. The appeals court ultimately concluded that the challengers lacked standing because they lacked an ownership interest or other financial interest in the neighboring property, which formed the basis of their claim of standing. Facts of the Case In […]

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Bill Transfers Transfer Management of PFRS to Board of Trustees 

New Jersey lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would transfer the management of the Police and Fire Retirement System (PFRS) to a Board of Trustees. Under Senate Bill 3040, the Board of Trustees of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System would be tasked with overseeing the operation of the retirement system, including the investment or […]

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NJ Supreme Court Overturns Arbitration Award in Teacher Misconduct Case

In Bound Brook Board of Education v. Glenn Ciripompa, the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that an arbitrator exceeded his authority by applying the standard for proving a hostile-work-environment, sexual-harassment claim under the Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to a claim of unbecoming conduct in a tenured teacher misconduct hearing.  Facts of the Case Defendant Glenn […]

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NJ Appeals Court Rules OPRA Requests Subject to OPRA

by Laura M. Miller on March 7, 2017

NJ Appeals Court Rules OPRA Requests Subject to OPRA

In Scheeler v. Office of the Governor, the Appellate Division held that third-party requests for documents under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) are subject to disclosure under OPRA. In so ruling, the appeals court rejected the argument that such OPRA requests lack the required specificity and would constitute an invasion of privacy. Facts of […]

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Local Finance Notice Addresses Municipal Levy Cap Referendum Procedures

The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) recently published a Local Finance Notice regarding municipal levy cap referendums. The notice outlines key dates for 2017 levy elections and discusses an important policy change regarding the healthcare levy cap exclusion. Levy Cap Referendum Deadlines The Local Finance Notice highlights several important deadlines that are fast approaching […]

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NJ Tax Court Issues Key Cell Tower Tax Ruling

by Michael A. Jimenez on March 1, 2017

NJ Tax Court Issues Key Cell Tower Tax Ruling

A recent decision by the Tax Court of New Jersey may significantly impact how local property tax assessments are imposed on cell towers in the state.  In New Jersey Turnpike Authority v. Elizabeth City, (Novin, J.) (17 pp.) (Feb. 10, 2017), the court held that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) was not entitled to a […]

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Gov. Christie Conditionally Vetoes UEZ Bill

by Krystle Nova on February 23, 2017

Gov. Christie Conditionally Vetoes UEZ Bill

Gov. Chris Christie has once again refused to extend the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) program. In his conditional veto message of Assembly Bill. No. 489, the Governor characterized the UEZ program as a “program with apathetic participation and a devastating impact on State revenues without any demonstrable benefit to municipalities or their residents.” Last year, the […]

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NJ Appeals Court Rules College Violated OPMA in Terminating Teacher

The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court recently held that Kean University violated the state’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) when it terminated a faculty member. In Kean Federation of Teachers v. Ada Morell, Bd. Of Trustees of Kean University, the appeals court found that the college violated its obligation to make meeting […]

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Stricter Lead Testing Standards Coming to New Jersey

by John Scagnelli on February 16, 2017

Lead testing for water in New jersey

Gov. Chris Christie recently signed legislation that will strengthen New Jersey’s lead-screening standards for children. The new law is one of several steps that the state is taking in the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. This summer, the state also implemented new requirements for lead testing in New Jersey schools.  New Lead-Screening […]

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