Section: Financial support; surcharges; loans
a. In order to provide the monies necessary to meet the fund's obligations and expenses under this act:
(1) Each member insurer, including a surplus lines insurer made eligible on or after the effective date of this act, shall make an initial one time payment of $25,000.00, to be made to the fund within 60 days of the effective date of this act; and
(2) A surcharge on the policy premium, as determined by the commissioner, shall be levied and collected on any surplus lines coverage issued or renewed on or after the effective date of this amendatory act. The surcharge shall be collected by the surplus lines agent at the time of delivery of the cover note, certificate of insurance, policy or other initial confirmation of insurance. No premium receipts tax, commissions or assessments shall be levied or collected on the surcharge. The surplus lines agent shall forward to the fund the amount of the surcharge on a quarterly payment basis. Each member insurer and surplus lines agent shall be notified of the policy surcharge not later than 10 days before it is due. The amount of the surcharge may be, from time to time, adjusted, terminated or reinstituted by the commissioner, as he may deem necessary to meet the current and projected obligations and expenses of the fund, except that in no case shall the surcharge in any year exceed 4% of the policy premium.
b. The fund may, from time to time, borrow monies from the New Jersey Property-Liability Insurance Guaranty Association to pay the fund's obligations and expenses under this act, which are in excess of the monies available to the fund therefor. The aggregate amount owed by the fund to the association shall at no time exceed $10,000,000.00, exclusive of interest charges, except that the commissioner may limit the amount of loans outstanding at any one time to less than $10,000,000.00 upon a finding that the additional monies requested by the fund would reduce the monies available to the association below a level necessary to meet the current and prospective obligations of the association pursuant to paragraph (3) of subsection a. of section 8 of P.L.1974 (C.17:30A-8). Monies borrowed under this subsection shall be paid back to the association in accordance with a payment schedule approved by the commissioner. An interest charge shall be levied on all monies borrowed under this subsection at the current market rate of interest, using an index or indexes to be selected by the commissioner.
c. No policy surcharge shall be levied or collected upon a determination by the commissioner that the fund's unencumbered assets exceed the fund's outstanding and anticipated obligations and other liabilities, including expenses chargeable to the fund, by $10,000,000.00 or more.
L.1984, c.101, s. 6, eff. July 27,1984. Amended by L.1984, c.207, s.5.
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