40:62-25.4. Construction of act; application of laws on public contracts
This act shall be construed liberally to effect the legislative determination and intent, hereby declared, that municipalities of the State, in furtherance of their public purposes, shall be empowered to join with State-regulated public utilities to effectively and economically provide for the electrical power needs of the State and its inhabitants. All moneys appropriated or obligations issued in pursuance of this act are hereby declared to be for a public purpose. In carrying out the powers granted herein relating to contracts with State-regulated public utilities the municipality shall not be subject to the provisions of chapter 50 of Title 40 of the Revised Statutes, or chapter 198 of the laws of 1971, but only with respect to the doing of work or the furnishing of materials, supplies or labor relating to the joint acquisition, construction, operation or maintenance of the facilities made the subject of such contract, nor shall any municipality owning or operating electricity generation facilities be required to submit the matter of the improvement or extension of such facilities or the construction or acquisition of additional such facilities within or without the municipality pursuant to this act to referendum, provided that the question of whether such municipality should acquire or construct an electric plant or works has at any prior time be submitted to and approved by the legal voters of such municipality in accordance with requirements of R.S. 40:62-15.
L.1973, c. 280, s. 4, eff. Nov. 29, 1973.
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