New Jersey towns prepare for another ‘best practices’ checklist

    Gloucester County is gearing up for another Best Practices Checklist — guidelines for New Jersey municipalities meant to encourage better government efficiency, accountability and tax management.

    Towns have until Sept. 1 to submit this year’s checklist and stand to lose as much as 5 percent in state aid based on how they answer questions about operational practices.

    The Gloucester County Times reports the county is likely going to participate this year, even though the checklist is not a requirement. Last year, none of the county’s town lost more than 2 percent in state aid.

    Last year’s checklist included 88 questions addressing personnel, budget preparation and presentation, public safety and cooperation with the school district.

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