27:15-1. Amount available; use of funds; notice; budget, inclusion in; standards
A. There shall be set aside annually on October first or as soon thereafter as available from the net receipts of the motor vehicle revenues in the General State Fund the sum of three million, nine hundred fifty thousand dollars ($3,950,000.00) and such additional amounts as may be necessary to meet the requirements of subsection E of this section. Such sums shall be used to meet the State's share of the cost of the work as in this chapter prescribed. Payments from these amounts shall be made in the same way as other payments from the motor vehicle revenues.
B. As used in this chapter.
"Municipality" means any city, town, township, borough or village in this State;
"Municipal roads" means the public roads or streets of any municipality as hereinabove defined.
C. The sums set aside as hereinabove provided shall be made available by the State Highway Commissioner to the several municipalities in the State in the manner, to the extent and in the proportion herein provided, for the construction, reconstruction, grading, drainage, maintenance, lighting or repair of municipal roads, or any other purpose permitted by this chapter.
D. On or before December tenth of each year the State Highway Commissioner shall notify the governing body of each municipality of the amount of State aid available for such municipality for the purposes hereinabove provided, and applicable to the ensuing calendar year. Except as provided in subsection E of this section: the amount of such State aid to any municipality shall be such as shall result from the application of the average of the following two percentages, namely:
(1) The percentage of population in such municipality to the total population of the State based upon the latest official Federal census; and
(2) The percentage of municipal road mileage in such municipality to the total municipal road mileage in the State;
to the sum of three million, nine hundred fifty thousand dollars ($3,950,000.00) set aside in accordance with the provisions of this section; provided, however, that the amount of such State aid available hereunder to any municipality in any year shall in no event be less than the average annual amount of State aid allotted to such municipality under the provisions of this chapter during the ten-year period commencing with the calendar year one thousand nine hundred and thirty-six; nor more than either such average annual amount or thirty-eight per centum (38%) of the average annual expenditures of such municipality, exclusive of State aid, as shown in the annual budgets of such municipality, for the purposes hereinabove provided, during the five-year period commencing with the calendar year one thousand nine hundred and forty-one, whichever is the greater.
E. The total amount of such State aid available to all municipalities in any county of the State, for the purposes hereinabove provided, shall not, in any year be less than the sum of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000.00).
If, in any year, the total amount of such State aid available to all municipalities in any county of the State shall, as determined by the method prescribed in subsection D of this section, be less than the sum of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000.00), then the amount which shall be available to each municipality in such county, as determined by the method prescribed in subsection D of this section, shall be increased proportionately so that the aggregate amount of such State aid available to all of the municipalities in such county shall total one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000.00).
F. It shall be lawful for each municipality to include the amount of such State aid made available for it in its budget. All such amount shall be available to the State Highway Commissioner for allotment to said municipalities in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. Commitments may be made, subject to the provisions of this chapter, against said amounts by said municipalities, immediately after the beginning of the calendar year next ensuing the date of notification by the State Highway Commissioner as required by the provisions of subsection D of this section.
G. All roads, works and improvements constructed or reconstructed in any municipality with State aid under this chapter shall be maintained by such municipality in accordance with such standards as the State Highway Commissioner shall prescribe.
Amended by L.1938, c. 427, p. 1239, s. 1; L.1944, c. 110, p. 283, s. 1; L.1947, c. 62, p. 202, s. 1.
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