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Week of January 30 - Summary of Proposed Legislation Potentially Impacting Counties


Proposed Legislation: H2 – Provide Certain Property Tax Relief

  • Primary Bill Sponsors include Representatives Dollar, Saine, Hardister and  R. Turner
  • Would provide property tax exemption for wounded veterans and surviving spouses of fallen first responders

Potential Impact to Counties:

  • Counties would see lost revenue under this arrangement
  • Bill does not include a provision to replace lost revenue through another state source

Action to Take:

  • Let the NCACC Advocacy Team know how this bill would impact your county

Related County Goal:

  • H2 would detract from progress on NCACC Priority Goal 3:
    • TF-1: Support efforts to preserve and expand the existing local revenue base of counties, and oppose efforts to divert to the state fees or taxes currently allocated to the counties to the state. Oppose efforts to erode existing county revenue streams and authorize local option revenue sources already given to any other jurisdiction.

Proposed Legislation: H13 – Class Size Requirement Changes

  • Primary Bill Sponsors include Representatives McGrady, Elmore, Malone and Corbin
  • Developed in response to reports from school districts that experienced budget reductions and had difficulty in meeting class size reduction requirements
  • Would provide flexibility in meeting class size requirements for kindergarten through third grade

Potential Impact to Counties:

  • Counties would have ability to work within revised parameters for meeting class size requirements

Action to Take:

  • No action needed at this time

Related NCACC County Goal:

  • H13 generally supports the NCACC Public Education legislative goals in that it allows counties the flexibility to meet requirements considering resource constraints

Other Legislative Items of Note for Counties

  • Senate starts the legislative budget process this session
  • North Carolina tax collections continue to run ahead of budgeted expectations at 3% or more than $300 million above projections at the end of 2016
    • Likely to continue to put funds in state’s rainy day fund, as well as push for additional teacher pay increases
  • Counties focused on renewing the state-county partnership for school capital funding to help provide a sustainable, dedicated source of State funds to build and renovate schools
  • Additional budget priorities include resources for behavioral health, adult protective services, community paramedicine and early childhood education

North Carolina Counties' Five Priority Goals

  1. Seek legislation to establish a new state-county partnership to address statewide public school capital challenges--including but not limited to maintenance, renovation, construction and debt--through a dedicated, stable funding stream that is consistent from county to county and sufficient to meet the school facility needs of all 100 counties.
  2. Seek legislation to repeal the statutory authority under N.C. Gen. Stat. 115C-431(c) that allows a local school board to file suit against a county board of commissioners over county appropriations for education.
  3. Support efforts to preserve and expand the existing local revenue base of counties, and oppose efforts to divert to the state fees or taxes currently allocated to the counties to the state. Oppose efforts to erode existing county revenue streams and authorize local option revenue sources already given to any other jurisdiction.
  4. Support increased state funding for transportation construction and maintenance needs, and support legislation to ensure that the STI funding formula recognizes that one size does not fit all and that projects in both rural and urban areas are prioritized and funded.
  5. Support legislation and funding to raise the Age of Juvenile Jurisdiction from 16 to 18 with the exception of felony crimes.

Go to www.ncacc.org/legislativegoals to review North Carolina counties’ complete 2017-18 legislative agenda.

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