Introduced: March 22, 2021
Public Hearing: April 12, 2021
Calendar Year 2021 Ordinance to Exceed the Municipal Budget Appropriation Limits and to Establish a Cap Bank (N.J.S.A. 40a:4-45.14)
WHEREAS, the Local Government Cap Law, N.J.S. 40A:4-45.1 et seq., provides that in the preparation of its annual budget, a municipality shall limit any increase in said budget to 2.5% unless authorized by ordinance to increase it up to 3.5% over the previous year’s final appropriations, subject to certain exceptions; and
WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.15a provides that a municipality may, when authorized by ordinance, appropriate the difference between the amount of its actual final appropriation and the 3.5% percentage rate as an exception to its final appropriations in either of the next two succeeding years; and
WHEREAS, the Governing Body of the Township of Vernon in the County of Sussex finds it advisable and necessary to increase its CY 2021 budget by up to 3.5% over the previous year’s final appropriations, in the interest of promoting the health, safety and welfare of the citizens; and the citizens; and
WHEREAS, the Governing Body hereby determines that a 2.5% increase in the budget for said year, amounting to $265,411.14 in excess of the increase in final appropriations otherwise permitted by, by the Local Government Cap Law, is advisable and necessary; and
WHEREAS, the Governing Body hereby determines that any amount authorized herein above, that is not appropriated as part of the final budget shall be retained as an exception to final appropriation in either of the next two succeeding years.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Governing Body of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, a majority of the full authorized membership of this governing body affirmatively concurring, that, in the CY 2021 budget year, the final appropriations of the Township of Vernon shall ,in accordance with this ordinance and N.J.S.A. 40A:40-45.14, be increased by 2.5% amounting to $442,351.90, and that the CY 2021 municipal budget for the Township of Vernon be approved and adopted in accordance with this ordinance; and
BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that any amount authorized hereinabove that is not appropriated as part of the final budget shall be retained as an exception to final appropriation in either of the next two succeeding years; and
BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that a certified copy of this ordinance as introduced be filed with the Director of the Division of Local Government Services within 5 days of introduction; and;
BE IT FURTHER ORDAINED, that a certified copy of this ordinance upon adoption, with the recorded vote thereon, be filed with said Director within 5 days after such adoption.