40:56-84. Annual budget; public hearing; amendment; adoption by municipal governing body
a. The district management corporation shall submit a detailed annual budget for approval by resolution of the municipal governing body. The budget shall be submitted with a report which explains how the budget contributes to goals and objectives for the special improvement district.
b. The budget shall be introduced, approved, amended and adopted by resolution passed by not less than a majority of the full membership of the governing body.
The procedure shall be as follows:
(1) Introduction and approval;
(2) Public advertising;
(3) Public hearing;
(4) Amendments and public hearings, if required;
c. The budget shall be introduced in writing at a meeting of the governing body. Approval thereof shall constitute a first reading, which may be by title.
Upon the approval of the budget by the governing body, it shall fix the time and place for the holding of a public hearing upon the budget.
d. The budget shall be advertised after approval. The advertisement shall contain a copy of the budget and shall set forth the date, the time and place of the hearing. It shall be published at least 10 days prior to the date fixed therefor in a newspaper published and circulating in the municipality, if there be one, and, if not, in a newspaper published in the county and circulating in the municipality.
e. No budget shall be adopted until a public hearing has been held thereon and all persons having an interest therein shall have been given an opportunity to present objections.
The hearing shall be held not less than 28 days after the approval of the budget.
f. The public hearing shall be held at the time and place specified in the advertisement thereof, but may be adjourned from time to time until the hearing is closed.
The budget, as advertised, shall be read at the public hearing, in full, or it may be read by its title, if:
(1) At least one week prior to the date of the hearing, a complete copy of the approved budget, as advertised:
(a) shall be posted in a public place where public notices are customarily posted in the principal municipal building of the municipality, but if there is no principal municipal building, then in that public place where notices are usually posted in the municipality; and
(b) is made available to each person requesting the same, during that week and during the public hearing; and
(2) The governing body shall, by resolution passed by not less than a majority of the full membership, determine that the budget shall be read by its title and declare that the conditions set forth in paragraph (1) have been met.
After closing the hearing, the governing body may adopt the budget by title, without amendments, or may approve amendments, as provided in subsection g. of this section, before adoption.
g. The governing body may amend the budget during or after the public hearing.
No amendment by the governing body shall be effective until taxpayers and all persons having an interest therein shall have been granted a public hearing thereon, if the amendment shall:
(1) Add a new item in an amount in excess of 1% of the total amount as stated in the approved budget; or
(2) Increase or decrease any item by more than 10%; or
(3) Increase the amount to be raised pursuant to section 16 of P.L.1972, c. 134 (C. 40:56-80) or section 19 of this amendatory and supplementary act by more than 5%, unless the same is made pursuant to an emergency temporary appropriation only.
Notice of hearing on an amendment shall be advertised at least three days before the date set therefor. The amendment shall be published in full in the same manner as an original publication and shall be read in full at the hearing and before adoption.
h. Final adoption shall be by resolution, adopted by a majority of the full membership of the governing body, and may be by title.
L.1984, c. 151, s. 18, eff. Sept. 10, 1984.
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