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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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May 29 LeagueLINC Now Available

It's no taxing experience, so spend some time reading this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. Yes, there is more news on the state budget, along with more coming attention for the financial state of municipalities. You can also read about why a little graffiti might cost offenders more than a fine. That's the bottom line, so check out this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on May 29, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Legislators Regarding Revenue Options for Cities

Over the past few months, League members have lobbied legislators, meetings have been held across North Carolina, and newspapers have written countless stories regarding the need that cities have for revenue options as the pending repeal of the business privilege license tax looms. With June approaching, please use this weekend to contact your legislators to again let them know about the effects of this $62 million fiscal cliff on your city or town. Tell them about service cuts or property tax hikes being considered to make up for this revenue loss, and let them know about other revenue challenges facing your community.

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Posted on May 28, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

May 22 LeagueLINC Now Available

Ride a wave on over to this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. You can surf around and find plenty on the House budget plan approved by that chamber in a bipartisan vote, including some reading about an amendment to help cities pay for police body cameras. And to tide you over until the bill is debated in the House, there is a bit on a media debate over residential design controls. So, jump on in, and read this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on May 22, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

Up Front, a message from the President

One aspect of the League's work that flies a bit under the radar is that involving environmental regulation. It shouldn't. It is important stuff. In Burlington, our Water Resources Fund budget is $27.5 million, an amount roughly equivalent to 50 percent of our general fund budget. We spend another $800,000 on stormwater and complying with its requirements.

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Posted on May 20, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

May 15 LeagueLINC Now Available

Budget some time and read this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. You'll find more than a little information about the House's state spending plan and the proposals that may affect cities. When it comes to transportation spending, there may be pluses and minuses. Outside of the budget talk, there is more to read about aesthetic-based design standards. It's all here in this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on May 15, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

May 8 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

Boom. There it is. It's this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin. March on in and read about discussions of an extensive House transportation plan. Or, learn about municipal budget responses to the loss of privilege license tax revenue all over the state. Finally, there's some nice pub for the City of Hickory's economic development plans. It is clearly a victory. And, you're up. Read this week's LeagueLINC Bulletin.

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Posted on May 08, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

Up Front, a message from the President

When a Senate committee recently took up legislation to clarify municipal authority on providing economic incentives related to historic preservation, Government Affairs Director Rose Vaughn Williams made the point that towns and cities are already offering assistance to promote preservation connected to economic development. That assistance takes many forms, including planning, paying for infrastructure and direct help with projects.

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Posted on May 06, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

May 1 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

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Posted on May 01, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

ACTION ALERT: Tell House Members to Stop Bill Giving Counties a Veto of City Condemnations

Please call House members this weekend and urge them to oppose HB 875 Restrict Municipal Eminent Domain. While the League appreciates the work of primary bill sponsors Reps. Jonathan Jordan, Chuck McGrady, and Howard Hunter, III in addressing the League's initial concerns and limiting the original scope of the bill, it would still require county commission approval of all municipal condemnation actions outside a municipality's corporate limits (with limited exceptions). The bill essentially gives county commissioners a veto over municipal officials' decisions, a policy the League opposes.

It is important to note that the bill that is linked does not include the changes that have been incorporated into the revised legislation and which were discussed before the House Local Government Committee on Thursday. Because the committee postponed further discussion before a vote was held to officially consider the revised bill, those changes have not yet been reflected in the bill that is posted online. The committee will meet again on Monday afternoon. The original version would have affected municipal condemnation powers inside and outside of municpal corporate limits, as well as property purchases and leases; the new version only affects condemnations and only those outside of a municipality's corporate limits.

Municipalities are one class of publicly-accountable condemnors, a group of entities which also includes county commissions and the State and federal governments. Condemnation power is also given to private entities such as electric, gas, and water utilities, and railroads. All of these condemnors hold the authority to condemn private property in exchange for just compensation, a significant power granted to them because of the overriding public need to have reliable, low-cost basic infrastructure. HB 875 singles out municipalities in a manner not reserved for any other entity with condemnation powers. 

When discussing this proposal with House members, please explain to them the circumstances in which municipalities initiate condemnation proceedings, including extension of water and sewer lines to economic development sites or residential developments whose wells have run dry. Provision of these basic public services is a primary purpose of municipal government, and this bill would slow or stop municipalities from performing this basic function while simultaneously driving up costs for taxpayers. Let legislators know about typical municipal condemnations outside of corporate limits, including:

  • Satellite economic development parcels which require municipal water and sewer to recruit industry;
  • Housing developments on the edge of a town which will eventually be annexed but not before completion of water and sewer or road infrastructure;
  • Water tanks that can be shorter because they are on higher elevation outside of corporate limits, saving taxpayers money;
  • Sewer pump stations that can be smaller because they are on a more favorable site from a geographic perspective.  

Please contact your House members and let them know how this bill may prove detrimental to your town or city.

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Posted on April 24, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

April 24 LeagueLINC Bulletin Now Available

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Posted on April 24, 2015 by Scott Mooneyham

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