Legislative Goals

Adopted September 2, 2014

• Request federal/state legislatures stop passing unfunded mandated programs on to local governments.

• Return NC lottery revenues to school operating and capital improvement budgets. Return to original allotment structure and funding levels.

• Board of Elections

  • Allow for creation of larger voting districts.
  • Allow county to reduce number of operational voting precincts.

• Require/permit state administrative offices to provide “sales tax” information when requested by counties/cities for their budgeting purposes.

• Allow local public health dept./alliance to create and collect fees for restaurant inspections.

• Oppose collective bargaining programs for local government employees.

• Oppose shift of NCDOT (NC Dept. of Transportation) responsibilities to counties.

• Support state’s pilot project to benefit local farmers and lower income households.

• Maintain Medicaid funding at current levels.

• Reinstate sales tax exemption for public schools.

• Study the impact to local government finances of exempting nonprofits from the requirement of paying property taxes and review possible payment in lieu of taxes requirements.

• Address current unfunded mandates (DSS, Schools, Jail, etc.) by providing additional funding, or additional funding sources.

• Review the use of local government incentives in business recruitment, in particular, the practice of local governments bidding against each other for projects.

• Change NC Rural Center's grant/loan award criteria to more closely match the USDA Rural Development aid requirements (specifically, remove the prohibitaion against aid to municipalities in Tier 3 counties).

• Authorize local option revenue sources already given to any other jurisdiction.

• Revise current tier structure for counties to become more equitable with respect to the recruitment of and expansion of jobs within North Carolina.

• Protect Soil & Water Conservation grants and/or funding streams per the "2014 Policies, Positions & Action Items."

• Reinstate the Asset Test to determine eligibility for the Food and Nutrition Program.

• Reinstate full funding for school growth based on Average Daily Membership (ADM).