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December 19 LINC'ed IN Now Available

This week's LINC'ed IN is not much more than a very simple wish: That this holiday season is a safe and joyous one for you and yours. Take a gander at the Government Affairs Team as they wish you this, and a Happy New Year!
 

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Posted on December 19, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

Up Front, a message from the President

As we enter the holiday season, it has been a busy time at the League. For many of you, that is not news. You have been active participants in our goals-setting process, which concluded with the Advocacy Goals Conference in Raleigh last week. Some of you also took part in the first of our series of regional meetings on the future of municipal finance, which was held in Southport two weeks ago.

Both of these events are crucial to our efforts to put state legislators’ focus on the priorities of cities and towns as we prepare for another legislative session in January. Highlighting these types of critical efforts is one of the reasons that I have begun this President’s message, which you will be seeing every other week once we move into the New Year.

The Advocacy Goals Conference was a long but worthwhile day for all of us. Having a member-driven process in setting the legislative and regulatory priorities of cities and towns may be time-consuming and sometimes unwieldy. But besides giving voice to all municipalities, it makes our message more effective. Legislators know that municipal officials in their districts had an opportunity to weigh in on these goals. They are paying attention. When the League staff can enlist Governor McCrory to attend (and I very much enjoyed our question-and-answer session over lunch), that puts a bigger spotlight on our efforts.

That spotlight also was shining on the town of Southport when League staff and municipal officials from around the region went there to talk about the future of municipal finance and the pending loss of privilege license tax revenue. Before and after the meeting, we enjoyed significant media coverage in the region and even in Raleigh that highlighted the plight of cities and towns facing substantial revenue losses. That didn’t happen by chance. It was the result of a lot of hard work by everyone involved, and I am looking forward to the next meeting coming to Burlington on Jan. 26.

As we near the conclusion of 2014, I want to thank all of you for all of your hard work on behalf of cities and towns. As I said at the goals conference, you are making a difference. You may not always see it. I do, and the League staff does. Happy Holidays, and I hope you have a joyous New Year!

--Ronnie Wall 

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Posted on December 18, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

Cities, Towns Approve Priorities for 2015-16 Legislative Session

(RALEIGH)  -- Member cities and towns of the North Carolina League of Municipalities on Thursday approved their legislative and regulatory priorities for the 2015-16 legislative biennium, with several goals focused on transportation needs and finance options.

The approval of 25 legislative, 5 regulatory and two federal priorities during the League’s Advocacy Goals Conference marked the culmination of more than six months of work by policy committees, the League’s Board of Directors and the League’s general membership. The priorities were narrowed from 136 proposals submitted by member municipalities and affiliate groups.

The policy committees were made up of 170 individuals representing 86 separate municipalities. At Thursday’s conference held in Raleigh, the League’s general membership narrowed the priorities to their final numbers.

The priorities include one that would seek legislation to generate additional revenue to address growing transportation needs at the state and local level and enable local governments to enter into alternative financing mechanisms to complete transportation projects. Another calls for allowing municipalities to access a portion of any transportation-related state bond issue.

Finance-related priorities would provide municipalities with additional local-option revenue sources to replace money lost due to the pending repeal of the privilege license tax.

League President and Burlington Mayor Ronnie Wall said the priorities are about keeping up “the house we live in.”
“Our goals are our long-term plan for this house we live in and those who will live in it after us,” Wall said. “We have to let our legislators keep hearing our voices.”

The conference included a luncheon question-and-answer session between Gov. Pat McCrory and Wall in which the governor reiterated his commitment to working with municipalities and legislators to find a replacement source of revenue for the privilege license tax.
 
McCrory also urged municipal officials to work with his administration in getting state lawmakers to restore the historic preservation tax credit, saying the credit had little to do with broader tax reform.

“We have to get the historic tax credit back.” McCrory said.

Federal goals approved by the League membership call for clarity from the Environment Protection Agency regarding how it defines “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act and seek federal legislation to facilitate the collection of sales taxes from online retail purchases.
 
About the League
The North Carolina League of Municipalities is a membership association of 540 great hometowns – representing nearly every municipality in the state. The League advocates for its members, from the largest city to the smallest village, on the full range of legislative issues that affect municipalities.
For more than 100 years, the League has promoted – and continues to promote – good government by offering non-partisan advocacy, insurance and other services – as directed by its membership.

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Posted on December 12, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

December 12 LINC'ed IN Now Available

Run, run, Rudolph, Santa's got to make it to town, tell him he can find where League members have been, it's all here in this week's LINC'ed IN. Where they've been is in Raleigh, for this year's Advocacy Goals Conference. In addition to reading about the League's legislative priorities established at the conference, you can also find out about new utilities sales tax distributions.  And there is the promise of a present awaiting some eastern municipalities regarding a buyout deal with the state's largest investor-owned utility. Those Santa goodies and more are in the this week's LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on December 12, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

December 5 LINC'ed IN Now Available

OK. so maybe it's not that special present under the Christmas tree, but this week's LINC'ed IN does contain a few goodies. Read about the League's trip South, to the town of Southport, for the first in a series of meetings on the future of municipal finance. And find out about the League's new Governmental Affairs Director. It is all right here in this week's LINC'ed IN.

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Posted on December 06, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

Williams to Lead League's Governmental Affairs Team

(RALEIGH)  -- The North Carolina League of Municipalities is pleased to announce the hiring of Rose Vaughn Williams as Director of Governmental Affairs. Williams comes to the League following a distinguished career as a state agency legislative counsel, judge and private practice attorney. In 2011, she was ranked among the top 50 most influential lobbyists at the North Carolina General Assembly by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. Her first day with the League will be January 5.

“Rose is a true professional and highly respected by legislators across the political spectrum,” said League Executive Director Paul Meyer. “Her depth of knowledge, her experience dealing with an array of policy issues, and her strong relationships with people throughout state government make Rose an ideal fit for North Carolina cities and towns. She will be a tremendous asset to the League as we enter this critical legislative session and moving forward.”

Williams has served as legislative counsel for the state Department of Insurance since 2007, representing the department before the General Assembly. In that role, she has promoted legislation favorable to consumers and businesses, much of it involving complex insurance regulatory matters. Prior to working at the Department of Insurance, Williams served as a District Court judge in North Carolina’s 8th Judicial District. Before her time on the North Carolina bench, she was a partner at the Goldsboro law firm of Dees, Smith, Powell, Jarrett, Dees & Jones.
        
“Cities and towns, and the amenities and services that they provide, are a big part of the outstanding quality of life that we enjoy in North Carolina,” Williams said. “I am excited and honored to work with municipal officials and legislators to keep cities and towns vibrant and strong.”
 
About the League
The North Carolina League of Municipalities is a membership association of 540 great hometowns – representing nearly every municipality in the state. The League advocates for its members, from the largest city to the smallest village, on the full range of legislative issues that affect municipalities.
For more than 100 years, the League has promoted – and continues to promote – good government by offering non-partisan advocacy, insurance and other services – as directed by its membership.

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Posted on December 05, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

Happy Thanksgiving from the Government Affairs Team!

The League’s Government Affairs team would like to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving, and take this time of the year to thank all of you for all that you do for North Carolina cities, towns and villages. The work that you have done over the past year has made a tremendous difference in improving the position of municipalities from a policy perspective in the state. With the upcoming holiday, the League will not publish LINC’ed IN this week. We did, though, want to provide you with a couple of reminders about key events coming up after the holiday, and provide a bit of an update about some goings-on around in the state political arena.

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Posted on November 25, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

November 21 LINC'ed IN Now Available

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Posted on November 21, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

November 14 LINC'ed IN Now Available

Is it time to talk turkey, or time to talk taxes? Find out in this week's LINC'ed IN. The week included a discussion about more potential legislation affecting North Carolina's tax structure, as well as some harsh words from the U.S. House Speaker about federal Internet sales tax legislation. You can also learn about a new League effort to provide some context about what the changing tax landscape might mean for cities and towns. Get it all here in this week's LINC'ed IN

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Posted on November 14, 2014 by Scott Mooneyham

League to Host First in a Series of Regional Meetings Examining the Future of Municipal Finance

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November 13, 2014
Contact: Scott Mooneyham
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A Path Forward: Vibrant Cities Today and Tomorrow
League to Host First in a Series of Regional Meetings Examining the Future of Municipal Finance


(RALEIGH) -- Over the last three decades, North Carolina’s major cities, as well as towns in close proximity to them, have experienced some of the largest rates of population growth in the country. During the same period, dozens of other North Carolina towns have seen population losses as traditional manufacturing jobs have moved away. Against this backdrop of population shifts and changing demands on municipal government, North Carolina cities and towns face state policies and trends that threaten traditional sources of revenue and limit growth.

To further a statewide conversation about the future of municipal finance, the North Carolina League of Municipalities will host the first in a series of regional meetings in Southport on December 3, 2014. This meeting series, A Path Forward: Vibrant Cities Today and Tomorrow, will look at the challenges facing municipalities, big and small, including the $62 million fiscal cliff created by the pending loss of privilege license tax revenue.

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Posted on November 13, 2014 by Cara Bridges

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