The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) is a non-partisan organization that serves as the official voice of all 100 counties on issues considered by the General Assembly, Congress, and federal and state agencies. The Association provides advocacy expertise to counties and employs a team of registered lobbyists, who advocate on behalf of counties’ interests before dozens of administrative, legislative, and rule-making committees both during and in between legislative sessions.
Below is the list of NCACC’s top five legislative goals for 2020-2021 as determined at the Legislative Goals Conference.
Seek legislation, funding, and other efforts to expand digital infrastructure/broadband capability to the unserved and under-served areas and residents of the state.
Seek additional revenue sources, including a statewide bond referendum and expanded lottery proceeds, and changes to the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund, to equitably address statewide public school and community college capital challenges. Revisions to the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund that will allow more equitable access to counties to take advantage of the funds include:
- Allowing Needs-Based Public School Capital Funds to be used for renovations and improvements in addition to new construction.
- Reducing or eliminating local match requirements for Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties.
- Eliminate the five-year prohibition of receiving funds from the Public School Building Capital Fund if a county receives a grant from the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund by repealing G.S. 115C-546.2(f).
Support legislation to allow counties to include specific language on the ballot referendum designating how the proposed quarter-cent local sales tax levy will be spent.
Increase state funding and support legislation for behavioral health services and facilities, including dedicated resources for community paramedicine projects; inpatient crisis beds; substance use disorders; specialty courts; individuals with mental health issues in county jails; and single stream funding for area authorities.
Oppose efforts to divert to the state, fees or taxes currently allocated to the counties or to erode existing county revenue streams with unfunded mandates.
Advocacy Tools & Printables
- State and Local Government Finance Division – supports over 1,300 units of local government through the sale and delivery of all State and local debt, monitoring debt repayment, counseling and assisting local governments issuing debt, and monitoring and analyzing the fiscal health and accounting practices of all local governments.
- OSBM Log Into North Carolina – interactive data retrieval service containing historical information for over 900 data items and a variety of geographic areas within the state, including population, labor force, education, transportation, revenue, agriculture, vital statistics, energy and utilities, and more.
- North Carolina Guide to Open Government and Public Records – a publication of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office and the North Carolina Press Association on the state’s open records and meetings laws.
- NCDHHS’ Response to COVID-19: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. NCDHHS offers COVID resources, information and assistance
- NC Medicaid: County Playbook: Medicaid Managed Care—NC DHHS COVID-19 NCDHHS developed a “County Playbook” to support North Carolina’s transition to Medicaid Managed Care.
- The North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) assists disaster survivors and local governments with disaster recovery and improving resiliency.
- The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is responsible for all aspects of the state’s public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education. It administers the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund, which assists lower-wealth counties with critical public school capital needs.
- The North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs publishes an annual resource guide to provide a comprehensive source of information on the most frequently accessed state and federal resources for veterans, service members and their families.