SENATE, No. 3043

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED OCTOBER 19, 2020

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator† PAUL A. SARLO

District 36 (Bergen and Passaic)

Senator† SAMUEL D. THOMPSON

District 12 (Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Delays by five months deadline for completion and filing of school districtís annual audit for 2019-2020 school year.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning the annual audit of the 2019-2020 school district fiscal year.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† Notwithstanding the provisions of N.J.S.18A:23-1, N.J.S.18A:23-3, or any other section of law to the contrary, a school districtís annual audit of the 2019-2020 school fiscal year conducted pursuant to N.J.S.18A:23-1 shall be completed not later than April 30, 2021 and submitted to the Commissioner of Education not later than May 5, 2021.

 

†††† 2.††† This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill extends the deadline for the completion of the annual audit of a school districtís accounts and financial transactions.

†††† Under current law, the board of education of every school district is required to have an annual audit of the districtís accounts and financial transactions completed not later than five months, November 30, after the June 30 end of the school year.† A report of the annual audit is filed by the accountant with the board of education, and within five days thereafter, December 5, with the Commissioner of Education.

†††† This bill extends the deadline for the completion of the annual audit of the 2019-2020 school fiscal year until April 30, 2021 and its submission to the commissioner until May 5, 2021.† This extension of five months is necessary as a result of the approximately five month period that schools were required to be closed as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).† School districts have limited the number of persons who may enter school buildings due to COVID-19, which creates a difficulty since the annual audit is conducted on-site at the district.† Additionally, the accounting firms that conduct school district audits also conduct audits of the financial records of municipalities.† The Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs has moved the date for the filing of calendar year 2019 municipal audits from June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020 as a result of COVID-19.† This change in schedule has further impacted the ability of these accountants to complete the audits of school districts in accordance with the current statutory requirements.