An Act concerning county and municipal budgets and amending P.L.1989, c.31.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Section 1 of P.L.1989, c.31 (C.40A:4-5.1) is amended to read as follows:
C.40A:4-5.1 Local budget date extension.
1. a. Notwithstanding the provisions of any law, rule or regulation to the contrary, the Director of the Division of Local Government Services, in the Department of Community Affairs, hereinafter the "director," may, with the approval of the Local Finance Board, in the Department of Community Affairs, extend the dates for the introduction and approval, and for the adoption, of county and municipal budgets, for any local fiscal year, beyond the dates required under the "Local Budget Law" (N.J.S.40A:4-1 et seq.).
b. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection a. of this section, whenever a Public Health Emergency pursuant to the “Emergency Health Powers Act,” P.L.2005, c.222 (C.26:13-1 et seq.) or a State of Emergency pursuant to P.L.1942, c.251 (C.App.A:9-33 et seq.), or both, has been declared by the Governor and is in effect, the director may extend the statutory dates for the introduction and approval, and adoption, of county and municipal budgets without the approval of the Local Finance Board.
Notwithstanding any provision of this section to the contrary, the governing body of a local unit may adopt the budget for that unit at any time within 10 days after the director has certified his approval thereof and returned the same, if the certification is later than the date of the advertised hearing.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Approved March 20, 2020.