2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 40A:14-41 - Conversion of volunteer to paid fire department; referendum

40A:14-41. Conversion of volunteer to paid fire department; referendum

No municipality having a volunteer fire department shall establish a paid fire department and convert its volunteer force into a paid fire department unless and until the ordinance providing therefor shall have been submitted to and adopted by the legal voters of said municipality at an election called for the purpose as herein provided.

The municipal clerk shall give public notice thereof at least 20 days prior to such election, by publishing in a newspaper circulating within the municipality, and posting in 10 conspicuous places, in said municipality, such notice of the election including a copy of the ordinance for the proposed establishment of a paid fire department and the conversion thereinto of their volunteer force.

The question to the legal voters of the municipality of the adoption of said ordinance shall be submitted as a public question in substantially the following form:

"Shall the (insert the title of the ordinance) be adopted?"

The ballot shall contain two squares to the left of the question, one with the word "Yes" , the other with the word "No" , respectively, to the right of the squares. The ballot shall contain instructions to voters to vote by marking a cross ( x ), or plus sign (+) or check mark ( X ) in the square according to their choice. If voting machines are used a vote of "Yes" or "No" shall be equivalent to such markings, respectively.

The municipal clerk shall forthwith canvass the returns of the election and shall certify the results of his canvass to the governing body of said municipality. If a majority of the legal voters voting on the question shall vote "Yes" , the ordinance shall become operative and the governing body may then proceed to establish a paid fire department and to convert the volunteer force into said department according to the provisions of the ordinance. Except as otherwise provided herein, this section shall not be construed to repeal any existing law, regulating the tenure, hours of service or compensation of the officers and members of any municipal fire department or force, for the organization or maintenance of any volunteer company or department therein, or providing for the creation or maintenance of fire districts therein.

L.1971, c. 197, s. 1, eff. July 1, 1971.

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