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Member Relations Corner: Being a member has its privileges 

by Rob Shepherd, League Manager of Member Relations and Education

Everyone loves to save money, right? Did you know the League has several programs designed to save money for your town or city?

Through the buying power of the League and its members, League staff has been able to negotiate contracts with providers for products and services that meet certain criteria  and standards, including superior qualifications and an excellent record of service to municipalities.

Select vendors submit to the League’s oversight for an added level of quality assurance to our members and offer their products or services at a competitive or reduced price that typically can not be obtained by towns and cities on their own.

So, what are these programs and services?

American Legal Publishing provides ordinance codification, code supplementation, electronic publishing, subscriber services, document imaging, online minutes and internet hosting services to more than 150 North Carolina towns and cities.

Debt Setoff Clearinghouse is used by League members to collect delinquent debts of $50 or more. Debt information is submitted to the NC Department of Revenue and qualifying debt amounts are deducted from the debtors’ tax refunds and lottery winnings. Unlike traditional debt collection services, there is no fee for League members to use this service.

GovDeals is an online auction service provider that helps member cities and towns increase revenue from surplus asset sales and reduce costs attributed to depreciation, local transportation, asset preparation and storage. Think of it as eBay for local governments. League members have sold millions of dollars worth of surplus assets through GovDeals.

GovOffice makes it easy to have a great web presence. Starting a website can be costly, and many websites are cumbersome to update. GovOffice is affordable and easy to use. Staff with no experience can post and update information and video, send newsletters, establish links and conduct polls.

Municipal Benefits, Inc. provides voluntary insurance plans specifically designed to fit the needs of municipal employees. Insurance plans include whole life, cancer, critical illness, short term disability, accident, dental, life and vision. Municipal Benefits also provides support for Section 125, cafeteria plans and FSA administration.

U.S. Communities Governmental Purchasing Alliance (U.S. Communities) is a nonprofit instrumentality of government that reduces the cost of purchased goods through pooling the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide.

There is no fee to the municipality for this service and in almost all cases purchasing goods and products through this service meets the North Carolina bid requirements without the need for obtaining bids on your own saving staff the time and effort to develop RFPs, review qualifications, receive and award bids.

VC3 provides a full spectrum of IT solutions and support, including technology assessments, managed support services, hosted desktop, hosted and on premise voice services, website design and hosting, disaster recovery, network security, technology consulting and data center services.

For more information about these money saving programs, please contact Melissa Smith at  msmith@nclm.org or 919-715-3927.