Also let legislators know that municipalities employ front-line first responders who are helping keep North Carolinians safe, as well as workers providing essential services that are allowing residents to continue working and subsisting through this crisis.
Contact your legislators now to make the case for cities and towns working to keep residents and employees safe during this time of crisis.
Along with their work to appropriate a portion of the state's allocation from the federal CARES Act, legislators pitched additional policy changes this week to accommodate complications caused by the COVID-19 crisis. In particular, the Senate released its policy proposals for the first time Tuesday. Those proposals included two items of top concern for cities that the House also addressed in its COVID-19 package last week. The first topic clarified the authority for local boards to conduct remote meetings, a provision sought by the League that can be found in Section 6.24 of the Senate bill. The second item delayed vehicle property tax payments for a period of six months (Section 6.2), a move that would likely mean more than $200 million in deferred property tax payments to cities. Because both chambers addressed these two items in very similar ways, these provisions are likely to be included in any final agreement.
Other proposals made for the first time this week may also find their way into a final agreement between the two chambers. These items add to the list of changes proposed by the House last week and outlined in this Bulletin report. Those of interest to cities and towns include: