September 2019

NCACC President Kevin Austin Featured in IEI “First in Future” Podcast Series

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) recently led a series of workshops at the 2019 NCACC Annual Conference focused on reconnecting communities. During the conference, IEI Director, Leslie Boney interviewed NCACC President Kevin Austin to discuss his priorities as President and life as a commissioner. The interview is part of IEI’s weekly podcast series - “First in Future: Where Emerging Ideas Take Flight.” Click here to listen.

NCACC Staff Updates

Several NCACC staff members recently adopted new titles to reflect their expanding roles and contributions to the Association. Matt Bigelow now serves as Program Development Manager, supporting NCACC sponsors and managing relationships with our endorsed partners. Laurel Edwards is now serving as Manager of Strategic Initiatives, aligning executive activities with NCACC’s strategic goals, and Collin Klein now serves as Underwriter for NCACC’s Risk Management Pools.

Listen In and Share the Latest Episode of CountyCast

With the 2020 census approaching, we filled our studio with a census expert, a couple of data enthusiasts, and a county administrator to talk about why the census matters and how this population information can be used to make our counties even better places to live.
Joining us from the State Budget and Management office are Bob Coats, Census Liaison and State Data Center Coordinator, and Mike Cline, State Demographer. Also joining the show is Dominique Walker, Assistant to the County Manager in Bertie County, and Paige Worsham, Associate General Counsel with the NCACC. Click here to listen.

Deadline Approaching for Voter ID Approval

Beginning in 2020, voters in North Carolina will be asked to present photo identification to vote. There are many acceptable forms of identification including approved local government employee identification cards. To gain approval, each local government must submit required materials to the State Board of Elections by October 26, 2019. The application process has changed. Information about the process, timeline and approval forms is available here. Local governments may also contact Ted Fitzgerald, Chief Learning Officer with the N.C. State Board of Elections, at

New Law Regarding Article 46 Local Option Sales and Use Tax Referenda

A new law passed in 2019 prohibits counties from holding more than one quarter-cent local option sales and use tax referendum under Article 46 within one year. Click here for FAQs on the quarter-cent sales tax referendum or contact with questions.

NCACC Mourns the Death of Bryan Fass, Pioneer of Fit Responder Program

Bryan Fass, a leading expert on public safety injury prevention and long-term partner of NCACC Risk Management, passed away on September 16. His company Fit Responder provides injury-prevention training for EMS departments and other first responders. Click here to read memorial messages and view tribute video.

Medicaid Transformation Implementation Extended to February 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is extending the implementation date of Medicaid Managed Care, also known as Medicaid Transformation. Under the new plan, all 100 counties go live together on February 1, 2020. Click here to read the full press release.

New Deadline for Counties Placing Referenda on Ballot in Upcoming Primary Election

Counties that plan to place referenda on the primary ballot should submit all related materials to the State Board of Elections by December 20, 2019. This requirement aligns with the new filing deadline for candidates seeking party primary nominations and the new primary election date in North Carolina, which was moved up from May to March. The primary election will take place on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. For questions about this change, please contact

State Updates Opioid Action Plan and Provides County-Specific Opioid Metrics

The tide of the opioid crisis is beginning to turn, as the number of opioid-related deaths among North Carolina residents has decreased for the first time in five years. NCDHHS conducted a recent webinar, “Building Our Partnership: What’s Ahead for DHHS and Counties,” to discuss updates to the state’s Opioid Action Plan and data dashboard containing county-by-county metrics on efforts to address the opioid crisis. The webinar presentation highlights key findings.

Funding and Grant Opportunities

County Briefs

Alexander County Launches Broadband Pilot Program

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David Smith, Granville County Commissioner, Appointed to Serve on N.C. Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission

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Henderson County Commissioners Thank County Personnel for Hurricane Dorian Response

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Loria Williams, Hertford County Manager, Plans to Retire in January 2020

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Upcoming Events

State Archives to Host Free Fall Workshops on Managing Public Records for Local Governments

Contact Josh Hager at with any questions and click here to register.

Working Together: Counties, School Boards, and Local Funding for Public Schools

October 3 - UNC School of Government

This one-day course provides an overview of the governance and funding structures of public schools in North Carolina. It focuses particularly on the relationship between counties and local school administrative units. Through a series of lectures and interactive exercises, participants will learn about the legal roles and responsibilities of counties for schools and the school budgeting and expenditure processes. As a group, participants will identify common issues and brainstorm ways to better address them. The course is appropriate for any county or school official or employee (including board members, managers, superintendents, budget officers and finance officers), as well as any member of the community, who wishes to learn more about school funding decisions and funding options at the local level.

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Know Yourself! Understanding Leadership Preferences through the MBTI

October 11 - Western Piedmont Council of Governments

The ability to lead others begins with the ability to lead oneself. We all have preferences that influence the way we run meetings, make decisions, manage change, and handle conflict. This one-day workshop uses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to help you learn how you see the world and how your preferences are similar to or different from your coworkers. You will come away with a better understanding of yourself that is far beyond the span of the four letters typically associated with the MBTI.

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Register Now for Reconnect NC Event in Mecklenburg County

October 15 - Omni Charlotte Hotel

October 15, 2019 the Emerging Issues Forum will host an event “ReCONNECT to Economic Opportunity” at the Omni Charlotte Hotel. The event will focus on promoting one aspect of mobility: connecting people to higher-paying jobs. Click here for more information or to register.

Working Effectively with Citizen Advisory Boards and Committees

October 25 - UNC School of Government

One of the most common and substantive ways citizen participation in local government occurs is through service on appointed advisory boards (CABs) (also sometimes called committees, commissions or task forces). While some CABs are statutorily mandated, most are created at the discretion of governing boards in order to provide community input for various local government functions. This one-day workshop explores promising practices of non-mandated, local government citizen advisory boards. Participants will learn about important nuts-and-bolts, including clarifying roles and expectations; recruiting, appointing, and training volunteers; staffing and managing committee work; and evaluating CAB effectiveness.

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Join Transylvania County for Halloweenfest and Celebrate its Partnership with Sesame Street

October 26 - Transylvania County

Join Transylvania County for Halloweenfest as the community celebrates the inaugural year of its award-winning partnership with Sesame Street in Communities. Cookie Monster is planning to attend this fun-filled event, which takes place on October 26 in Brevard. Click here for more information.

Fiduciary Responsibilities for Local Elected Officials

October 29 - Eastern Carolina Council of Governments

Local elected officials are stewards of the public trust. They are responsible for guiding multi-million dollar county and municipal corporations that depend on numerous sources of revenues and that have multiple layers of policy and management responsibilities. Understanding their financial fiduciary responsibilities is one of their most important duties. This workshop will focus on understanding and responding to the annual audit, maintaining adequate oversight of fund balance including its limitations and flexibility, and knowing the significance of the various communications and reporting requirements of the Local Government Commission. Attendees will learn from real-life examples of internal control challenges and other significant audit findings, and will see how board involvement can help overcome these challenges in ways that secure the local units’ financial stability. Relationships between the state and local governments in managing public funds will be explored.

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Local Government Emergency Management: 'When Disaster Strikes, Are You Ready?'

October 29 - Henderson County Emergency Services

From wildfires to ice storms to mudslides to yes, even hurricanes, western North Carolina has experienced a myriad of natural disasters. This workshop will provide information on local government legal authorities during an emergency event, disaster funding sources including the FEMA reimbursement process, and disaster preparedness best practices such as prepositioning contracts consistent with federal procurement requirements. These topics are relevant for all local government elected officials and personnel who may be involved in assisting their community to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a disaster when, not if, the next one strikes. This workshop will be taught by Norma Houston from the UNC School of Government.

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