August 30, 2011 •
New Milford, NJ Adopts Pay-to-Play Ordinance
The Borough Council of New Milford, New Jersey has adopted a new pay-to-play ordinance.
Ordinance #2011:17 prohibits any business entity who submits a proposal for, enters into negotiations for, or agrees to any contract or agreement with the borough, from knowingly making any contribution to local candidates, candidate committee or joint candidates committees, PACs, or to holders of public office having ultimate responsibility for the award of a contract or agreement.
Certain threshold amounts apply to this prohibition, such as a maximum of $300 per calendar year for any purpose to any candidate or candidate committee for mayor or a governing body. In order to cure any violations in excess of the limits, a reimbursement of contributions is allowed if made within 30 days. The new ordinance also applies to renewal and material modifications of existing contracts. Prior to the awarding of a contract, vendors will be required to submit sworn statements attesting to compliance with the regulations.
Vendors found in violation could face disqualification from eligibility for future contracts with the Borough for four years from the date of the violation.
Some exceptions to the new ordinance are allowed, including contracts awarded in the case of emergencies
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