Posted on March 27, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham
SB 369 Sales Tax Fairness Act, a proposal to rework how sales taxes are distributed in North Carolina, was filed last night, and as anticipated, will create winners and losers when it comes to how much counties and the municipalities in them receive in sales tax revenues. The legislation also would convert the $2.2 billion in local sales taxes to a state tax over three years, meaning a local allocation would be subject to state control.
League staff is involved in ongoing discussions with the bill sponsor, Sen. Harry Brown of Jacksonville, about the effects of the bill and appreciates his concerns for the financial plight of rural communities.
Posted on March 24, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham
Sometimes there is some good stuff in numbers. I thought I would take some time to reflect on a few from last week’s Town Hall Day. Once all was said and done, 408 municipal officials participated in the day’s events. That evening, we were joined by 54 legislators at our closing reception. Also, joining us there were three cabinet secretaries and two Court of Appeals judges. One more number to consider: two. That is the number of people who head the chambers of the General Assembly, which corresponds to the number who joined us for a discussion in the Legislative Auditorium.
Posted on March 24, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on March 20, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on March 13, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham
Town Hall Day is just a week away, and that has been the big focus of the League’s staff in recent days. With a meeting of the NCLM Board of Directors the day before, we are hoping for a big presence in Raleigh. So what goes into this kind of event? Speakers have to be lined up (Gov. Pat McCrory, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore are among the confirmed speakers for the day); issue briefs put together; various aspects of media coverage lined up and facilitated; event planning involves a host of logistics.
Posted on March 11, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on March 07, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham
Dear Member of the North Carolina General Assembly,
The North Carolina League of Municipalities urges your support of House Bill 117 NC Competes Act. By infusing the state’s Job Development Investment Grant program with needed money and restoring dollars to the Site Infrastructure Development fund, this legislation supports major goals of the 540 cities and towns that make up the NCLM to keep North Carolina competitive when it comes to bringing jobs and economic development to our state.
North Carolina cannot afford to sit on the economic development sidelines as our nation’s economy continues moving forward. Our neighboring states, with their competitive economic development incentives and aggressive industrial recruiting efforts, certainly are not doing so. Ignoring this reality will result in communities across the state missing out on crucial economic development projects. Those projects mean jobs for our citizens.
The League also urges you to keep this legislation clean. As past experience has shown, encumbering incentives legislation with tax changes or unrelated funding is a sure formula for failure.
North Carolinians expect their elected officials to take bold action when it comes to the most important matter before them – the creation of jobs. We hope that you will vote “yes” on House Bill 117.
NC League of Municipalities
Posted on March 04, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham
Posted on February 27, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham
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February 26, 2015
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FCC Ruling a Win for Wilson, North Carolina Cities and Their Residents
League of Municipalities Applauds Lifting of Community Broadband Restrictions
(RALEIGH) -- The North Carolina League of Municipalities and its 540 member cities and towns have strongly supported efforts to make high-speed broadband available to all North Carolinians and to give municipalities the decision-making authority to help make broadband access a reality for all residents. Today’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission in support of petitions filed by the City of Wilson and the City of Chattanooga (Tenn.) providing relief from state laws that restrict expansion of successful municipal-owned broadband systems is a victory for cities and towns across the state and country. More importantly, the ruling is a victory for their residents, who require access to high-speed broadband to compete in a global, 21st century economy.
Posted on February 26, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham
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