N.J.S.A 44:8-134. Duties of municipality when public assistance is administered by commissioner

44:8-134. Duties of municipality when public assistance is administered by commissioner

In any municipality in which public assistance shall be administered by the commissioner during any year,

(a) All books, records, supplies, equipment or other property in the possession or custody of any board, body or official of such municipality, relating to the administration and payment of public assistance, shall be delivered forthwith to the commissioner;

(b) The municipality shall make, or shall have made, an appropriation for the cost of administration of public assistance in such municipality for such year in an amount not less than the amount appropriated by it for the cost of administration of public assistance for the preceding year and shall make, or shall have made, an appropriation for public assistance, exclusive of the cost of administration thereof, for such year in an amount not less than 1.0 mills of its “preceding year’s ratables” ;

(c) All obligations incurred by the municipality for the cost of administration of public assistance in such year prior to the taking over the administration of public assistance therein by the commissioner, if any, and all obligations incurred for the cost of administration of public assistance in said municipality thereafter during such year shall be paid, from time to time, by the municipality out of its appropriation for the administration of public assistance for such year according to the orders of the commissioner and not otherwise, so far as such appropriation will permit, and any remainder of such obligations shall be paid, from time to time, by the commissioner as such municipality’s State aid for said year, according to orders drawn by him, out of the Municipal Aid Fund or other funds appropriated from the State treasury for such purposes, as other payments of State aid are made;

(d) All obligations incurred for public assistance in such municipality for such year, prior to the taking over of the administration thereof by the commissioner, if any, and all obligations incurred for public assistance in such municipality thereafter during such year shall be paid, from time to time, by the municipality on the orders of the commissioner and not otherwise, out of its appropriation for public assistance for such year, so far as such appropriation will permit; and then, out of any balance for State aid, if any, remaining in its “public assistance trust fund account” applicable to the cost of public assistance in such municipality for such year, so far as such balance will permit, and any remainder of such obligations shall be paid, from time to time, by the commissioner, as such municipality’s State aid for said year, according to orders drawn by him, out of the Municipal Aid Fund or other funds appropriated from the State treasury for such purposes, as other payments of State aid are made.

L.1947, C.156, p. 703, s.28.

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