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N.J. Towns Face Tough Questions To Get Aid

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s 566 towns must complete a questionnaire about their budgets and efforts to save money through shared services.

The Christie administration has told the towns they must furnish a certain number of  “yes” answers to the 88 questions in order to receive their full allotment of state aid.

The document says towns that have at least 76 “yes” answers would receive their full allotment of state aid.

Towns must answer whether current labor agreements limit annual pay increases to 2 percent or less. They must also say whether they have an “absence-from-meetings” policy for elected officials.

Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi, who is president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, says he would prefer a more detailed questionnaire instead of the yes-no format.

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