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City & Town Election Results From Across North Carolina

Municipalities across North Carolina held primary and general elections on Tuesday of this week. Many candidates were chosen for elected office that day, while others advanced from a primary to compete in the general election on Nov. 5. Full results from all the municipal elections around the state can be found here. The League thanks all of the candidates who ran for office for their interest in public service, and we congratulate all of those who were elected on Tuesday. We look forward to working with you.

A sampling of media coverage of the municipal elections can be found below. (Note: Some articles may require a subscription to read in their entirety.)

Asheville

Atlantic Beach

Cary

Charlotte

Dobbins Heights

Durham

Elizabeth City

Erwin

Fayetteville

Greensboro

Henderson

Hendersonville

 Hickory

Monroe

Morganton

Mount Airy

New Bern

Raleigh

Rocky Mount

Roxboro

Sharpsburg

Shelby

Statesville

 


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DOR Interpretation of Sales Tax Change Will Affect New Revenue

At this week's meeting of the legislative Revenue Laws Study Committee, the Department of Revenue indicated that it was interpreting a tax reform provision expanding the sales tax to cover service contracts differently than had been assumed during the legislative debate on tax reform. In the fiscal note for House Bill 998, this provision was assumed to apply to all service contracts for maintenance and repair of automobiles or personal property subject to sales tax. This expansion, included in HB 998, was expected to generate $1.9 million in new municipal revenue statewide during FY 2013-14 and over $4 million in future years. The Department is interpreting the provision in HB 998 to apply only to service contracts where the retailer selling the contract is the entity that provides the service. This will reduce the number of contracts subject to the sales tax and the amount of revenue to be received by an unknown amount. The Committee will consider recommending a legislative change to make clear that the sales tax should apply to all service contracts, regardless of which entity provides the service. Such a change would not take effect until July 1, 2014, however, so revenue this year will be reduced.
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ERC Lays Out Leadership, Timelines for Working Groups

On Wednesday of this week, the N.C. Environmental Review Commission (ERC) held its first meeting. At this meeting, Co-Chair Representative Mike Hager discussed the leadership and timelines of the working groups for each of the four studies directed in HB 74 Regulatory Reform Act of 2013. The studies are as follows:

  1. The circumstances under which cities and counties should be authorized to enact ordinances (working group leadership: Senator Andrew Brock and Representative Chuck McGrady);
  2. The statutory models for establishing, operating, and financing certain organizations that provide water and sewer services in the state (working group leadership: Senator Fletcher Hartsell and Representative Mike Hager);
  3. The state stormwater programs, including how partially impervious surfaces are treated in the calculation of built upon area under those programs (working group leadership: Senator Brent Jackson and Representative Ruth Samuelson); and
  4. The technical review of plans by non-professional engineers (working group leadership: Senator Stan Bingham and Representative Chris Millis).

Each working group makes its initial presentation to the ERC in November, December, or January. Two months after this initial presentation, the working groups return to the ERC with recommendations. The League plans to follow these working groups closely.


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League Regulatory Leadership Meets with EMC Chair

NCLM Regulatory Action Committee (RAC) co-chairs Steve Brown and Terry Story, along with other League regulatory leaders, met with N.C. Environmental Management Commission (EMC) Chair Benne Hutson Wednesday to discuss the League's regulatory priorities. The EMC is the primary environmental regulatory board in the state and makes most of the rules that affect municipal water, wastewater, and stormwater programs. In the conversation with Hutson, the RAC leaders detailed top NCLM regulatory issues such as nutrient management, the upcoming review of surface water quality standards, and reclaimed water. The League thanks Hutson for listening to the municipal viewpoint on these topics, all of which impact the ability of cities and towns to bring jobs to their communities.
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See You in Hickory!

The 2013 NCLM Annual Conference will be held in Hickory beginning on Sunday, Oct. 13, and continuing through Tuesday, Oct. 15. We hope to see many of you there. If you have not yet registered, on-site registration will be available in Hickory beginning on Saturday. The full schedule and descriptions of the conference sessions can be found here.
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League Still Accepting Policy Committee Interest Forms

League members interested in serving on one of the League's Legislative Action Committees or its Regulatory Action Committee can still submit interest forms. The forms, which can be found on Page 12 of this document, will be accepted until Nov. 1. Serving on these committees is one of the best ways to help shape the League's policy on key legislative and regulatory issues. We will also have hard copies of these forms at the LeagueLINC table at the NCLM Annual Conference, so please come find members of the League's Governmental Affairs team there as well.