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Any person hired in a position for which the residency requirement has been waived or as a police officer or firefighter after the adoption of the municipal management study, and who purchases a home in the qualified municipality and occupies that home as a principal residence shall, subject to appropriation, receive an annual stipend of 10 percent of the person's base salary upon proper claim made therefor each year to the Department of Community Affairs, so long as the claim is made during the rehabilitation term, subject to appropriation. The department shall pay the stipend upon satisfactory proof by the applicant that the dwelling for which the stipend is being paid continues to be occupied as a principal residence by the applicant. An employee may receive this stipend for a period of five years; however, the requirement that the dwelling be occupied as a principal residence shall extend to the period of rehabilitation and economic recovery. Any person who does not continue to occupy the residence for which that person receives the stipend for the entirety of the period of rehabilitation and economic recovery shall be required to reimburse the State for the entire amount of the stipend received.
A municipal tax lien shall attach on the property for which the stipend is being paid, at the time the annual stipend is paid by the State in the amount of stipend received by the applicant. The lien shall have the same status and shall be given the same effect as municipal liens established under R.S.54:5-9. The lien shall remain on the property until the expiration of the period of rehabilitation and economic recovery, or until the entire amount of the stipend paid to the applicant has been reimbursed back to the State, should the applicant not continue to occupy the residence for the entire period of rehabilitation and economic recovery. The amount of the stipend to be reimbursed to the State shall also be a personal debt of the applicant, and both the lien and the debt shall be recoverable in the name of the State by means of any remedy available at law.
The chief operating officer shall each year compile a list of those employees eligible to receive the stipend, which shall be used by the department to verify eligibility. An employee who receives the stipend shall be ineligible to receive the property tax credit authorized pursuant to section 56 of P.L.2002, c. 43 (C.52:27BBB-55).
The commissioner shall annually submit a list to the State Treasurer of those persons who receive the stipend.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - New Jersey Statutes Title 52. State Government, Departments and Officers 52 § 27BBB-18 - last updated February 19, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/nj/title-52-state-government-departments-and-officers/nj-st-sect-52-27bbb-18/
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