Administration of government — See Ch. 5.
Taxation — See Ch. 510.
Statements of taxes due on real estate — See Ch. 514.
ARTICLE ITransfer of Property (§ 72-1 — § 72-4)
ARTICLE IIPolitical Fundraising (§ 72-5 — § 72-7)
§ 72-1Certification that transferee not monetarily
obligated to city.
§ 72-2Affidavit to be executed by transferee.
§ 72-3Notice of requirements to be given.
The governing body shall be prohibited from authorizing or approving the sale or transfer of municipal property to any person, partnership, corporation or taxable entity unless the Collector of Taxes shall certify that the purchaser, transferee or any partner, shareholders in any corporation or principal in any entity shall be free from any monetary obligation owing to the city by way of municipal taxes, fees, water and sewer charges, judgments or any other indebtedness created by law.
The purchaser or transferee shall execute an affidavit, in a form prescribed by the Office of City Attorney, attesting to the absence of any liability to the city as stated in this chapter.
The Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development shall make known to all prospective purchasers or transferees, prior to any public sale, the requirements of this chapter, by general notice with the advertisement for said public sale, when it is published. Notice shall be given generally in any other sale or transfer.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any sale of property or transference of any property to the government of the United States, the State of New Jersey, any county, municipality or political subdivision or authority or entity created under the law of the State of New Jersey or the government of the United States.
§ 72-6General rules.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any individual seeking election to a public office of the federal government, state, county, municipality, school district or political organization at an election.
- Includes all loans and transfers of money or other thing of value to or by any candidate, elected official or political organization and all pledges or other commitments or assumptions of liability.
- This municipality and any officer, department, board, commission or agency thereof.
- MUNICIPAL OFFICER, EMPLOYEE and APPOINTEE
- Any person holding elective municipal office or holding an appointed position in the municipal government or in any agency, commission, board or office thereof, whether the position is full-time or part-time, compensated or uncompensated; and any employee of municipal government or any agency, commission, board of office thereof, whether the position is full-time or part-time.
- PROPERTY OF THE MUNICIPALITY
- Buildings, land, vehicles, phones, fax machines, computers or other office equipment or supplies and other real or personal property owned, leased or controlled by the municipality, except for public roads and open park land.
- To seek by oral or written communication a contribution as same is defined herein.
Prohibition against soliciting or accepting political contributions on public property.
No municipal official, employee or appointee may solicit, commit to pay or receive payment of or a commitment to pay any contribution for any candidate, elected official or political organization while in or on the property of the municipality or utilizing the property of the municipality.
Prohibited forms of fundraising.
Prohibited forms of fundraising shall include but are not limited to:
Soliciting or accepting contributions using municipal telephones, fax machines or computers.
Soliciting or accepting contributions using personal telephones while on the property of the municipality.
Soliciting or accepting contributions through the use of publicly owned computers or privately owned personal computers while on the property of the municipality.
Using municipal letterhead to solicit or accept contributions.
Sending correspondence while on the property of the municipality which solicits contributions.
Face-to-face soliciting of an individual or an owner or representative of a business entity while on the property of the municipality.
Use of automobiles owned or leased by the municipality to accept or solicit contributions.
Reporting requirements. It shall be the responsibility of any employee or appointed or elected official who observes any prohibited forms of fundraising to report such conduct to the Municipal Clerk who shall refer said report to this Council.
Whistle-blower provision. It shall be unlawful for any employee, elected official or appointee to be dismissed, reprimanded, retaliated against or otherwise intimidated for complying with the reporting requirements mandated by this article.
Violation. Violation of any provision of this article shall be punished by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days or a fine not exceeding $1,000.
The provisions of this article may be enforced by complaint filed in the Municipal Court by the Municipal Clerk if authorized by a resolution of the governing body.