Senator M. TERESA RUIZ
District 29 (Essex and Union)
Senator DONALD NORCROSS
District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)
Senators Girgenti, Turner and Whelan
Overrides Governor's line-item veto eliminating appropriation for and budget language allocation of Municipal Public Safety Aid in the Department of Community Affairs.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
A Concurrent Resolution overriding a line-item veto eliminating an appropriation for and budget language allocation of Municipal Public Safety Aid in the Department of Community Affairs.
Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey (the General Assembly concurring):
1. That the following line-item of appropriation, on page 42, and the related language provision on page 46, of Senate Bill No. 4000 of 2011 (P.L.2011, c.85) which were the subject of objections by the Governor in the Governor's veto statement of June 30, 2011, be restored to law as follows, the objections thereto of the Governor notwithstanding:
22 DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
70 Government Direction, Management, and Control
75 State Subsidies and Financial Aid
04-8030 Local Government Services ...................................... $50,000,000
(From Property Tax Relief Fund …. $50,000,000 )
04 Municipal Public Safety Aid (PTRF) .. ($50,000,000)
The amount hereinabove appropriated for Public Safety Municipal Aid shall be allocated and distributed on or before September 1, 2011 among municipalities that do not receive State police protection for inhabitants of rural sections pursuant to R.S.53:2-1, according to the following calculations that shall be made by the Commissioner of Community Affairs. An eligible municipality shall receive $18 per capita if it qualifies under each of the four following criteria and $10.50 per capita if it qualifies under any three of the following criteria: (a) a violent crime rate per 1,000 population for 2009 equal to or greater than 110% of the average of violent crime rates per 1,000 population for all municipalities for 2009 according to the Uniform Crime Report published by the Division of State Police; (b) a nonviolent crime rate per 1,000 population for 2009 equal to or greater than 110% of the average of nonviolent crime rates per 1,000 population for all municipalities for 2009 according to the Uniform Crime Report published by the Division of State Police; (c) an equalized municipal purposes tax rate for 2010, calculated as the amount to be raised by taxes for the municipal budget as reported in column 12Ciia and plus the amount to be raised by taxation for the municipal open space budget as reported in column 12Ciib, divided by the net valuation for county tax apportionment as reported in column 11 of 2010 county abstracts of ratables equal to or greater than 110% of the average of the equalized municipal purposes tax rates in all municipalities for 2010; and (d) an average residential property value for 2010 equal to or below 90% of the average of residential property values for all municipalities for 2010. An eligible municipality’s population shall be determined using data from the 2010 federal decennial census. If the amount of aid so calculated for each eligible municipality totals to an amount greater than $50,000,000 each eligible municipality’s amount shall be reduced proportionally such that the total amount distributed equals $50,000,000. Any distribution of Public Safety Municipal Aid received by an eligible municipality pursuant to this provision shall not affect the eligible municipality’s qualification, calculation and receipt of any other aid, including but not limited to Transitional Aid to Localities. Municipalities shall appropriate Public Safety Municipal Aid for public safety, homeland security, and other purposes which promote safe and secure conditions within the municipality.
2. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be delivered to the Governor, the State Treasurer and the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs.
This resolution restores the amount of an item of appropriation and a related language provision in the annual appropriations act for Fiscal Year 2012 that were eliminated by the Governor's line-item veto. The State Aid line-item appropriation of $50,000,000 for Public Safety Municipal Aid in the Department of Community Affairs provides formula-based aid to municipalities that do not receive rural State Police patrol coverage and are in dire need of assistance for public safety, homeland security, and other purposes which promote safe and secure conditions for their residents and commerce. Municipal State aid reductions have left many municipalities with no choice but to layoff police officers. Public safety in many municipalities is suffering as a result; particularly resulting in increased numbers of violent crimes. This funding would allow municipalities with high crime rates to augment their public safety budgets.