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Thank you for visiting the Legislative Advocacy home page of the North Carolina League of Municipalities. Here you will find all the latest updates on pending legislation, issues of importance to municipalities, regulatory affairs, League events and more.

The Legislative Advocacy section of the website is also where you can sign up for League LINC, the League’s grassroots initiative. For more on League LINC, click on Get Involved on the left-hand side of this page, or click here to set up your League LINC account.

Thank you for your interest in the League’s legislative activity, and check back frequently for more updates.

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Abbreviated LINC'ed IN Now Available - Apr. 17, 2014

Why not kick off your Easter weekend with a special, albeit abbreviated, version of LINC'ed IN? The big news out of Raleigh impacting local governments this week includes a vote by the Local Government Employees’ Retirement System (LGERS) Board, among other issues. Local government finance and budget officers should note that the LGERS Board voted today to rescind their previous decision to offer a 1% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for retirees. This means that local governments can now budget for an employer contribution rate of 7.07% for general employees for the upcoming fiscal year. All of us on the Government Affairs team wish you and yours a happy holiday weekend!

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Posted on April 17, 2014 by Cara Bridges

NCLM Anticipated COLA/Merit survey results now available

The results of the League’s FY 2014-15 Anticipated COLA/Merit survey are now available. Thank you to all municipalities that participated in this year’s survey. The survey indicates what city and town governments across the state are currently anticipating including for a cost-of-living adjustment and merit increase in their upcoming budgets, though these are obviously subject to change as budgets are finalized and approved. The results will hopefully give some indication of what other municipalities around the state are anticipating at this time. Contact Director of Research and Policy Analysis Chris Nida with any questions.

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Posted on April 16, 2014 by Cara Bridges

April 11 LINC'ed IN Now Available

With April 15 bearing down on us, taxes might very well be at the forefront of your mind. They were on the mind of the General Assembly this week, too, as the Revenue Laws Study Committee passed legislation addressing the privilege license tax, the Tag & Tax Together program, and taxes on electricity on natural gas. If you can handle more tax talk, you can read about that all in this week's LINC'ed IN. Beyond taxes, there was plenty of news on the environmental front, as well as a member of the General Assembly moving from Jones Street into the Charlotte mayor's office. Read all about it in your only weekly source for news affecting all of North Carolina's cities and towns, LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on April 11, 2014 by Chris Nida

April 4 LINC'ed IN Now Available

It's no joke, this week's edition of LINC'ed IN is now available! Aside from April Fool's Day on Tuesday, we had a serious week here in Raleigh. The Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy met this week to discuss fracking and how certain costs would be covered. Read the article in LINC'ed IN to find out more on this important issue for cities. In other exciting news, the League has created a voluntary joint action program known as REG-TAF, short for the Regulatory Technical Assistance Fund. This voluntary program will help fund external technical support for water quality and electric regulatory issues. To learn more about REG-TAF, check out LINC'ed IN and read the overall proposal here. Any questions regarding REG-TAF should be directed to League Regulatory Affairs Associate Sarah Collins.

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Posted on April 04, 2014 by Cara Bridges

NCLM FY 14-15 Revenue Projections Memo Now Available

The League has released its annual memo detailing revenue projections for the coming fiscal year. Projections for all of the major state-collected municipal revenues -- such as sales taxes, Powell Bill, electricity and natural gas taxes, and more -- are included. The revenue projections, sales tax calculator file, and the League's Basis of Distribution memo can all be found on the League's website. See below for direct hyperlinks.

Email League Director of Research and Policy Analyis Chris Nida if you have any questions or comments regarding any of the above documents. Contact information for the NC Department of Revenue is also available in the Revenue Memo.

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Posted on March 28, 2014 by Cara Bridges

March 28 LINC'ed IN Now Available

March came in like a lion, with both wild winter weather and fast-paced legislative interim work, but did it go out like a lamb? Read this week's edition of LINC'ed IN to find out! Among other items, this week LINC'ed IN focuses on the ongoing privilege license reform discussion, as well as a meeting on whether local governments should be responsible for failing infrastructure within residential developments. Local government budget and finance gurus will also be pleased to know that the League's annual revenue projections memo was released today. Contact League Research and Policy Analysis Director Chris Nida for any questions related to the memo.

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Posted on March 28, 2014 by Cara Bridges

March 21 LINC'ed IN Now Available

Take a break from buzzer beaters, bracketology, and all-around NCAA "March Madness" to check out this week's LINC'ed IN. We may not have basketball coverage, but we do have the latest information from the Purchase and Contract Study Committee meeting, where proposals on local government bidder prequalification and soliciting designs were heard. In other news, this week's issue covers major changes to Senate committee chairmanships, a Jordan Lake Rules hearing, and several free federal webinars that are of interest to local governments. As a reminder, stay tuned to your email and to the Legislative Advocacy homepage for relevant breaking news throughout the week!

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Posted on March 21, 2014 by Cara Bridges

League Annual COLA/Merit Increase Survey

The League is again surveying its members about the COLA and Merit adjustments under consideration by municipalities for Fiscal Year 2014-15. As the League has done the past few years, we are also including a questions on cost reduction measures municipalities are considering implementing in FY14-15.
 
The survey is very brief and will only take a few minutes to complete. Please ensure that the responsible individual for this assignment in your municipality receives the survey in time to complete and return it by April 4, 2014. The survey can be completed online at:
 
 
If you prefer to print a copy of the survey and return it via fax, a PDF version of the survey is available at the link below:
 
Completed surveys may be faxed to Chris Nida at 919-301-1082.

Thank you in advance for completing and submitting the survey by April 4. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Chris Nida at 919-715-3945 or cnida@nclm.org.

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Posted on March 20, 2014 by Cara Bridges

Municipal Street Lighting Survey

To assist cities in their push to have a favorable LED streetlight rate schedule by Duke Energy, please complete this short survey regarding your municipality’s current street lighting, relationship with Duke Energy, and needs for future lighting.

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Posted on March 18, 2014 by Cara Bridges

March 14 LINC'ed IN Now Available

With the start of the ACC basketball tournament and a major city win at the legislature, it's been a great week for North Carolinians! Thanks to your efforts and outreach, the ERC made a proposal on Wednesday to remove a current moratorium on the ability for local governments to pass environmental ordinances. Rep. Chuck McGrady specifically credited municipal officials who provided countless examples of consesquences of the moratorium. In other positive news, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act passed the US Congress and now heads to the President for approval. Read about these issues and more in this week's LINC'ed IN!

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Posted on March 14, 2014 by Cara Bridges

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