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Better relationships with NCACC begin at January Board Meeting 

by Najuma Thorpe, NCLM Director of Communications and Member Relations

The League Board of Directors met on Jan. 22 in Raleigh. At that meeting, Directors were joined by several strategic partners.

Ronnie Beale, Macon County Commissioner and President of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and Kevin Leonard, NCACC Executive Director, attended the meeting to discuss how the two organizations can work together.

“This is a monumental occasion,” said Beale. “I’ve never attended a League Board of Directors meeting. We represent the same folks and our goals affect both cities and counties, so it is good that the two organizations are meeting.”

The Directors were also joined by several members of the General Assembly for an open discussion about the current legislative session. Senator Dan Blue of Wake County, Senator Mike Woodard of Durham County and Representative Duane Hall of Wake County participated in a session that was moderated by the League’s Director of Governmental Affairs Rose Vaughn Williams.

The discussed items that may come up during the session that are of importance to municipalities, included the privilege license tax repeal, allocation of state sales tax, historic preservation tax credits and extra-territorial jurisdiction.

“I’ve been talking to my colleagues about the importance of municipal revenue sources,” said Sen. Blue. “I’ve told them that they can repeal the privilege license tax but we have to make sure that we are able to replace that revenue.”

Board members also received updates on the economic outlook for North Carolina and the state’s budget and an update from League staff on advocacy efforts.