Now available is the League's most recent Quarterly Revenue Report, available in a new interactive format as well as a PDF. Both are housed on the League’s website, here. The latest report examines state-collected local revenues received by local governments for the first quarter of the 2018-2019 fiscal year. These reports provide a snapshot of quarterly trends in state-collected local revenues and supplement the League’s Annual Revenue Projection, coming in March. If you have any questions regarding the Revenue Reports or Revenue Projections, please contact League Research Strategist Caitlin Saunders.
Registration is underway and filling quickly for the 2019 Town & State Dinner on Feb. 20 in Raleigh. Don't delay -- reserve your seat today! At this very special event, municipal officials will join their state legislators for dinner and conversation meant to strengthen existing relationships and build new connections among newly elected local and state leaders. While the League has delivered invitations to General Assembly members, be sure to personally invite your local delegation to join you for dinner once you register. Building on the success of last year’s event, attendees will also have the opportunity to attend several informational sessions in the afternoon about affordable housing, broadband access and a legislative update. Register online now!
Things remain relatively quiet on Jones Street at the General Assembly, though business will resume shortly. Lawmakers are scheduled to return Jan. 30, after which bill filing will pick up and wheels will turn on state budget development. This is the year of the legislative "long session," the first part of the biennium with session work likely to last several months. One development has already transpired in the interim -- Sen. Lewis Pate of Mount Olive has stepped down. Senator Pate served 16 years in the legislature and had just been re-elected in November. He is a former mayor of Mount Olive. His resignation letter cited health reasons for his departure. As for his successor, the Goldsboro News Argus newspaper this week reported on at least seven Republican hopefuls, some of them currently serving in local government.
Want to know more about bringing better broadband to your community? Join us for Let's Connect, a statewide series of conversations about broadband access led by national and state experts to engage local residents. These events are being sponsored by the League, the Minneapolis, Minn.-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance and N.C. Broadband Matters. The events are set for Jan. 28 in Albemarle, Jan. 29 in Fuquay-Varina and Jan. 30 in Jacksonville (see news coverage). Click here for registration details.