New Jersey Revised Statutes § 40:41a-27 - County Powers Generally

40:41A-27. County powers generally
Any county that has adopted a charter pursuant to this act may, subject to the provisions of such charter, general law and the State Constitution:

a. Organize and regulate its internal affairs; create, alter and abolish offices, positions and employments and define the functions, powers and duties thereof; establish qualifications for persons holding offices, positions and employments; and provide for the manner of their appointment and removal and for their term, tenure and compensation.

b. Adopt, amend, enforce, and repeal ordinances and resolutions as defined in sections 100 and 101, notwithstanding the effect of any referendum conducted prior to the county's adoption of its charter pursuant to this act.

c. Construct, acquire, operate or maintain public improvements, projects or enterprises for any public purposes, subject to such referendum as may otherwise be imposed by law;

d. Exercise powers of eminent domain, borrowing and taxation only as provided by general State law;

e. Exercise all powers of county government in such manner as its board of freeholders may determine;

f. Sue and be sued; have a corporate seal; contract and be contracted with; buy, sell, lease, hold and dispose of real and personal property; appropriate and expend moneys for county purposes;

g. Enter into contractual agreements with any other governmental body or group of bodies within or without the borders of the county but within the borders of the State; without regard to whether such other governmental body or group of bodies be a unit of State, county, or municipal government or a school district, authority or special district, to perform on behalf of that unit, any service or function which that unit would be authorized to provide for itself or for any other unit of government; provided, however, that no county shall contract to provide a service or function to any unit in any other county unless the board of freeholders of such other county shall first approve the proposed contract. All contracts under this section shall be specific as to the terms for rendering of services, the level, quality, and scope of the services to be performed, the cost of providing these services, and the duration of the contract. Such contract may provide for binding arbitration or for binding fact-finding procedures to settle disputes or questions arising as to the terms of service and quality and quantity levels thereof to be provided under the contract. All services shall be performed on a cost basis, and no contract shall be for a duration of more than 7 years. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent two or more counties from jointly undertaking a contract to provide a service or function to any other unit or group of units. For the purposes of this section, the county shall be deemed to be the general agent of the other party or parties to the contract with respect to the performance of the service or services as specified in the contract, with full powers of performance and maintenance of the service contracted for and full powers to undertake any operation ancillary thereto, and all other powers of enforcement and administrative regulation which are or might be exercised by the contracting principal. Except that no contracting party shall be liable for any part or share of the cost of constructing or maintaining any capital facility built by the county to provide such service unless such part or share of the cost of such capital facility's construction or maintenance is provided for in the contract between the two parties and the governing bodies of such contracting parties shall have ratified the contract. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the contracting for provision of more than one service or group of services by the county, and the county may become the agent of any other unit of government in the performance of any and all functions which the contracting unit sees fit to employ the county as agent to perform.

However, the administration of municipal civil service may not be contracted to any county under this section.

L.1972, c. 154, s. 27, eff. Sept. 19, 1972. Amended by L.1974, c. 144, s. 1, eff. Nov. 11, 1974; L.1975, c. 84, s. 9, eff. May 5, 1975.

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