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agement a monthly pay-roll, to be submitted to the board of aldermen, conimon council, board of finance or other governing body having charge of the finances of such city, whose duty it shall be to provide for the payment thereof in the same manner that the salaries of city officials and employes in such departments are now paid by law in any such city.
15. No money shall be drawn from the treasury of All bills to be any such .city for any obligation created by the said Board of Fire and Police Commissioners appointed under this act except upon the presentation of an itemized bill for the same, duly verified and approved by said Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, and by the board of finance or other governing body having charge of the finances of such city.
16. In the month of April in each year the said Board Estimate for of Fire and Police Commissioners shall estimate in detail the expenses of the respective departments under their control and management for the ensuing year and transmit the same to the board of aldermen, common council, board of finance or other governing body having charge of the finances and of levying the taxes in such city, which body shall make provisions for the assess- Provisions ment of the same, or so much thereof as they shall deem ment. proper, in the tax ordinance of such year, and that the said Board of Fire and Police Commissioners shall not make any contracts or create any obligations against the city in excess of such appropriations. The said Right to purboard shall also have power to buy, sell, construct or repair. repair such things as in their judgment they shall deem expedient and necessary for the proper maintenance and management of the said fire and police departments; and where the amount to be expended for supplies, appliances and other things that may be required for either the said fire department or the said police department exceeds the sum of five hundred dollars, they shall, when practicable, solicit proposals for the same by advertisement Proposals in two daily newspapers of said city for five days previous to the awarding of a contract for the same, and in every instance they shall award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder, who shall give satisfactory security
Mayor to approve or disprove.
May veto certain items.
for the performance thereof; provided, however, that the said board shall have the right to reject any or all bids if deemed by them to be for the best interest of the said city.
17. The mayor of any city subject to the provisions of this act shall have the right to veto the acts of the said Board of Fire and Police Commissioners involving the expenditure of money, with the exception of appointments authorized under this act, and copies of all the resolutions or other proceedings involving such expenditure of money shall be furnished to the mayor of every such city, and he shall have five days in which to consider them in each case before signing or returning them to the said board with his objections. In case the mayor does not sign and return the same with objections within the time above limited, the action or proceedings of the said board shall stand approved. The mayor shall have the power to veto any item or items contained in any resolution involving the expenditure of money for any purpose other than appointments, and approve the residue. Said board may pass any resolution or other matter, notwithstanding such objections of the mayor, by a majority vote of all the members thereof.
18. No member of the said Board of Fire and Police Commissioners shall hold or accept any other public office under the government of such city unless he shall first resign his office of commissioner under this act, and upon his acceptance of any such office his position as a member of said Board of Fire and Police Commissioners appointed under this act shall become vacant.
19. The board of aldermen, common council or other governing body, by whatever name called, of such cities where the said commissioners of fire and police are appointed under this act, shall provide suitable rooms for the transaction of the business of the said commissioners and shall procure suitable furniture therefor.
20. An act entitled "An act concerning the government of certain cities in this State, and constituting a board of finance and a police board and other officers therein, and defining the powers and duties of such board, and relating to the municipal affairs and depart
One office only.
ments of such cities placed under the control and management of such boards, and providing for the maintenance of said boards,” approved April twenty-third, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and six, and all acts and parts of acts, general, special or local, and all charters or parts of charters of any city, inconsistent with the provisions of this act, be and the same are hereby repealed, and this act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that until the said Board of Provizo. Fire and Police Commissioners have qualified and have been organized, the present city authorities in any such city, to whom have been entrusted the powers and upon whom have heretofore been imposed the duties mentioned in this act, shall continue to exercise such powers and duties, so that there shall not be any inter-regnum No interwhen no authority exists for the government of such city in reference to the matters embraced in this act.
Approved April 12, 1907.
An Act concerning the government of certain cities in
this State and constituting a Board of Finance therein’and defining the powers and duties of such boards and vesting in such boards certain powers of management and appointment.
Be IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. In all cities in this State now or hereafter having Board of a population of not less than one hundred thousand nor dointed by more than two hundred thousand inhabitants, there mayor. shall be established a Board of Finance, which shall be invested with the powers and duties hereinafter set forth. In all cities now having such population the mayor thereof shall appoint within one month after this
act shall take effect (and in all cities which may hereafter have such population the mayor thereof shall appoint within one month after the official promulgation of the census showing that such city has the population aforesaid) four suitable persons, residents of such city, to be known as the Board of Finance of such city, not more than two of whom shall be members of the same political party; two of whom shall be appointed to serve until the first day of January next following such appointment, and two of whom shall be appointed to serve until the first day of January secondly following such appointment. On the first day of January next following such appointments, and on each succeeding first day of January thereafter, the said mayor shall appoint two suitable persons, residents of such city, for the term of two years, to take the place of those members whose terms shall then expire; not more than two of said board shall at any time be members of the sáme political party. The members of said board shall receive an annual salary of five hundred dollars, to be paid monthly in the same manner as provided by law for other city officers. Any vacancy in such Board of Finance shall be forthwith reported by the clerk thereof to şaid mayor, who shall within thirty days thereafter appoint a person to fill such vacancy for the unexpired term only. Each of the members of said board shall devote such time and attention to the faithful performance of the duties of his office as the affairs under the government, control and management of such board may require. The members of such board so appointed as aforesaid shall constitute and be called “The Board of Finance of the City of (name of the city in and for which they are appointed). Each member of such board shall within ten days after his appointment qualify by taking and subscribing before some person authorized to administer oaths an oath or affirmation faithfully to discharge the duties of his office to the best of his skill and understanding, and also give bond to such city in the sum of ten thousand dollars, to be approved as to the form thereof by the city counsel of such city and as to the sufficiency thereof
by the mayor of such city, for the faithful discharge of his official duties, which bond shall be filed in the office of the clerk of such city.
2. The said board shall be in the place of and be sub- Powers and stituted for, and shall be invested with all the
powers and duties now exercised by any board of finance, finance committee of any board of aldermen or common council, or by any board of aldermen or common council in any such city in virtue of any law of this State in regard to the control and management of the finances of such city, the levying of taxes and fixing the annual tax or tax levy or tax ordinance of such city, and the collection of taxes and assessments. They shall on or Annual before the second Monday in June of each year, by ordinance, declare the amount of money necessary for defraying the expenses of such city for the current year and for all other objects and purposes authorized by law, which sum shall be assessed and collected according to law. They may make temperoary loans in anticipation of taxes and assessments, but the amount thereof shall not exceed the anticipated taxes and assessments for such current year. They shall prescribe the forms Forms of acof keeping all city accounts, the manner in which all of payment, salaries shall be drawn and the mode in which all creditors, officers and employes of such city shall be paid, and shall settle and adjust all claims in favor of or against such city and all accounts in which the city is concerned as debtor or creditor. No bill incurred by Approval of any department or officer under the direction and control of any other board, committee, department, board of aldermen or common council, except by the department of public instruction, shall be paid without the approval of the said Board of Finance hereby created. The intention of this provision is that there shall be a Intention of Board of Finance constituted as herein provided in place of any and every other board or authority in such city in the control, care and general management of the finances thereof, and that such Board of Finance in such city shall have the sole power to borrow money, issue Sole power bonds or scrip, provide for the payment of the interest and principal thereof, and to do and perform every
to borrow, etc.