Author: Monica E. de los Rios

NJ Appeals Court Uphold Municipality’s Age Restrictions for Development Project

Urban Enterprise Zone Bills Advancing in NJ Assembly

Two bills intended to strengthen the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) are advancing in the New Jersey Assembly. One measure addresses urban enterprise zone sales tax revenues, while the other extends the UEZ designation in all qualifying municipalities for additional 10 years. New Jersey’s Urban Enterprise (UEZ) Program, which dates back

Assembly Advances Municipal Funding Restitution Bill

Assembly Advances Municipal Aid Restitution Bill

The New Jersey Assembly recently advanced legislation that would increase distributions from the Energy Tax Receipts Property Tax Relief Fund to local municipalities over a period of five years. The goal of the bill (AB 302) is to restore $331 million in municipal aid reductions that took place in Fiscal

Do Public Entities Have to Accept OPRA Requests Via Email?

The New Jersey Government Records Council (GRC) recently considered the electronic transmission of public records request under the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). While the GRC concluded that records custodians are not required to accept requests via email, it did find that excluding all forms of electronic transmission would

Bill Would Eliminate Five Percent Down Payment for Bond Ordinances

Municipalities Must Disclose Tax Abatement Agreements on Financial Statements

Many New Jersey municipalities, such as Jersey City, use tax abatements to incentivize local development projects. Starting later this year, local governments will be required to disclose the agreements on their financial statements.  Under newly issued guidelines by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB), state and local governments will be

NJ Appeals Court Sides with Morris County in Condemnation Action

NJ Appeals Court Sides with Morris County in Condemnation Action

The Appellate Division has addressed the appraisal and good faith negotiation obligations of a condemning authority under N.J.S.A. 20:3-6. In County of Morris v. Randolph Town Center Associates, L.P., the court held that the County of Morris made a fair offer and attempted to initiate bona-fide negotiations, despite the property

Supreme Court’s Reed v. Gilbert Decision Used to Strike Down Panhandling Ordinance

New Brunswick to Revise Anti-Panhandling Ordinances After Legal Challenge

The City of New Brunswick recently settled a lawsuit challenging two ordinances intended to restrict panhandling. One ordinance required a permit to solicit charitable contributions, while the other made it unlawful to beg or solicit food or monies on any street or sidewalk within the city. The plaintiff, a homeless

New Jersey Court Clarifies Veteran Property Tax Exemption

“Buy American” Legislation Clears New Jersey Assembly Committee

New Jersey lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would expand requirements that public agencies use goods made in the United States for public contracts. While the intent of the proposed law is certainly commendable, it would impose a number of new requirements on New Jersey municipalities. Assembly Bill No. 3059