State Issues

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.

ALamance County Court House

Legislative Goals

Priority Goals

Below is the list of NCACC’s top five legislative goals for 2020-2021 as determined at the Legislative Goals Conference.

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Seek legislation, funding, and other efforts to expand digital infrastructure/broadband capability to the unserved and under-served areas and residents of the state. 

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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).
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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.

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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.

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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.

State Resources

North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA)

North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR)

North Carolina Department of State Treasurer

  • 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.

North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM)

  • 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 Department of Commerce

North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NCDIT)

NC State Extension

  • NC State ExtensionN.C. Cooperative Extension has offices in every county, which offer programs and partnerships on agriculture and food, health and nutrition, and 4-H youth development.

North Carolina Guide to Open Government and Public Records

School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill

  • Coates’ Cannons: NC Local Government Law – a blog developed by the School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill covering a broad range of legal issues affecting local governments and other public agencies in North Carolina.

NCDHHS

North Carolina Department of Justice

  • Opioid Epidemic — The North Carolina Department of Justice is working to combat the opioid epidemic.

NC Department of Public Safety

  • Emergency Management — North Carolina Emergency Management works closely with counties on disaster preparedness and recovery.

The North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR)

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

  • 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