Earlier this week, the League’s Government Affairs team met with and helped prepare Sunset Beach officials in advance of a legislative committee hearing in which committee members considered a controversial local annexation bill. Rather than get into the details of the bill or the disputes that led to it, a key takeaway is that the result will hopefully be that all parties will work together to resolve the issues and that the bill, before final passage, will prove unnecessary.
Posted on May 25, 2016 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on May 20, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
The legislative and regulatory goals set during a two-year cycle by the members of the North Carolina League of Municipalities serve to guide our advocacy efforts. More than that, they are a collective statement of the priorities of North Carolina municipalities, big and small, urban, suburban and rural. The process of setting the Municipal Advocacy Goals is an opportunity for each municipality to have a voice in telling state legislators and other state policymaker what is important to them.
The League is now requesting your proposals for legislative and regulatory goals that should be pursued during the 2017-18 legislative biennium.
According to League bylaws, you must indicate on your goal proposal whether it was voted on and approved by your local council or board. As a note, the League also may request that you visit one of our policy committees
to further explain your suggested goal, as a part of the goals selection process. Bylaws also set a deadline to receive proposed goals at 45 days from the date of this notice, which will be July 1. Please don’t miss this opportunity and submit yours soon!
This year’s Advocacy Goals Conference will be held as a part of CityVision 2016, the League’s annual conference, to be held in Raleigh on October 23, 2016. We hope that this “two-for-one” event will provide more value and, out of respect for tight municipal finances and schedules, will allow more participation. If your city or town has not attended the Advocacy Goals Conference, this is the time to do so.
The League needs your input. With the operating principles
generated from the Vision 2030
strategic planning process in mind – which include having municipal governments exercise greater control of revenues, structures and functions, and engage in productive partnerships with other levels of government and the private sector, all by 2030 – the Municipal Advocacy Goals and the process of determining them have never been more important.
Proposals may be sent by elected or appointed municipal officials. Again, each proposal should indicate whether the governing body of the municipality has voted to approve the submission of the proposals. Suggested goals can be submitted via the link below as soon as possible, but no later than July 1. This is your policy process, so please give this thoughtful consideration and participate.
Posted on May 17, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
Posted on May 13, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
Posted on May 06, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
In a lot of the League’s communications over the past few years, we have talked about the strain being put on local property tax bases and the importance of the relatively low local property tax rates in North Carolina when it comes to economic development. This is not just rhetoric. In towns like mine, Elkin, the contractions in the textile industry have meant both job losses and a loss of property tax base.
Posted on May 04, 2016 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on April 29, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
Posted on April 22, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
Members of the League’s Legislative Action Committees will come to Raleigh tomorrow in advance of the start of this year’s legislative session, which begins on Monday. It’s hard to overemphasize the importance of the work of the roughly 150 members of these committees. The League’s staff is out there actively pushing the advocacy agenda of North Carolina cities and towns, but the committees and their work gives the League’s policy goals their political heft.
Posted on April 20, 2016 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on April 15, 2016 by Government Affairs Team
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