40:62-13. Officers and employees; ordinances to regulate use of facilities; rate fixing
The governing body may elect all officers, agents, engineers, employees or committeemen necessary to be employed in the maintenance and operation of any such light, heat or power plant, or works, define their duties, regulate their compensation and provide for their removal.
It may make, ordain and establish all such ordinances, resolutions, rules and regulations as it may deem necessary and proper for the introduction, transmission, distribution, use and supply of light, heat or power, and for the protection of the buildings, machinery, apparatus, wires, poles, pipes, subways and conduits, and other works and appurtenances used in connection therewith; and for the fixing and collection of all rates, rents or charges for supplying light, heat or power for private or commercial use in such municipality, and for the imposition of penalties upon the nonpayment thereof.
In fixing the rates, rents or charges for supplying light, heat or power, the governing body shall establish a rate structure which allows the municipality, within the limits of any covenants made with bondholders pursuant to law, to:
a. Recoup all costs of operation, including but not limited to the costs of raw materials, administration, equipment, buildings, property, maintenance, taxes, debt service, fees and offsetting any budget deficit occurring in the immediately preceding fiscal year;
b. Establish a surplus sufficient to provide for the reasonable anticipation of contingencies which may affect the operation of the utility.
Amended by L.1983, c. 111, s. 1, eff. March 16, 1983.
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