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Wake County legislative priorities list

Priorities list

(Supports all NCACC legislative agenda items except those dealing with Annexation)

  • Support legislation to preserve county revenue from E-911 charges and allow counties greater flexibility in the use of the funds; and restructure the 911 Board created by G.S. 62A-41 to add additional local government representation

  • Seek legislation to increase the daily reimbursement rate for housing state inmates in county jails.

  • Support additional funds for gang prevention, intervention and suppression activities.

  • Support legislation and appropriations to mitigate the prevalence of methamphetamine production and use through the state.

  • Support legislation to allow counties to collect additional facilities fees to help fund capital, operational and other needs associated with ever-increasing judicial activities.

  • Seek legislation to allow all counties to enact by resolution any or all revenue options from among those that have been authorized for any other county, including local option sales taxes, prepared food taxes, impact taxes and real estate transfer taxes; and to preserve the existing local revenue base.

  • Support continued appropriations from the Combined Motor Vehicle and Registration Account to insure that the previously ratified motor vehicle taxation legislation is implemented according to the existing timetable.

  • Support efforts to analyze the fiscal impacts of tax relief programs and exemptions enacted by the General Assembly, to provide transparency on a county by-county basis with respect to the local effects of such tax breaks.

  • Support legislation to clarify the definition of "charity" for hospitals, including facilities financed through bonds issued by the Medical Care Commission, and continuing care facilities, and require that any property valuation exclusion formula provide for a higher test of "charity," to include a calculation of the cost of non-reimbursed care delivered.

  • Support legislation to require all taxes levied on a manufactured home to be paid before the home may be moved, repossessed or sold on site.

  • Support legislation to centrally list and assess cellular companies and cable companies as public service companies.

  • Support an increase in the reimbursement rate for local government collection efforts related to in rem foreclosures.

  • (a) Support legislation providing the necessary capital for the maintenance, upgrade, installation, and expansion of public water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure, with encouragement for water reclamation facilities; and (b) Seek legislation to create a study of the rules and procedures for evaluating the available capacity of pump stations.

  • Support funding for regional councils to develop and implement multi-jurisdictional water resource management planning and programs in every region through the cooperation of local governments, water users, and other stakeholders.

  • Seek legislation limiting state mandated contaminant testing of private wells to naturally occurring chemicals, and authorizing local control over well testing for named petroleum based pollutants.

  • Seek legislation to streamline the permitting of local water supply reservoirs.

  • Seek legislation clarifying that runoff from yard waste staging areas at county landfills does not require wastewater treatment.

  • Seek legislation eliminating required retrofitting of existing development under rules impacting nutrient levels in existing watersheds.

  • Seek legislation to ensure that state funded mental health, developmental disability, and substance abuse services are available, accessible, and affordable to all citizens.

  • Support state funding to provide adequate health and social services, specifically

    • Assist each school system in reaching the school health nurse:student ratio of 1:750 and incorporate into the allocation formula a criterion that recognizes the level of county effort in funding school nurses. The Legislature should examine the appropriateness of the target ratio for small school districts and consider whether a target of nurse hours per day per school is a better measure of nurse availability;

    • Restore the financial incentives for counties who opt to be "Electing Counties";

    • Restore funding of the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Regulatory Compliance within the County Health Departments to previous levels;

    • Support additional funding for child-care subsidies and increase the administrative limit from 4% to 5% to enhance program integrity and eligibility review;

    • Increase the "general aid to county" funding for local health departments to build necessary infrastructure and support the capacity to provide essential public health services; and,

    • Support funding for the NC FAST automation initiative in social services.

  • Support legislation that would provide greater discretion at the county level to establish fees for the inspection of food and lodging facilities.

  • Support legislation to provide immunity from civil or criminal liability for persons required to respond to requests for records in connection with communicable disease investigations.

  • Support a study with representative stakeholder participation to examine the county allocation formulas applied by the Department of Health and Human Services to determine the sufficiency, equity and efficiency of each formula, assuring that formulas fairly respond to the needs of all counties.

  • Oppose legislation shifting the state's existing responsibility for funding transportation construction and maintenance projects to county governments.

  • Oppose legislation authorizing local governments to enter into collective bargaining agreements with public employees, or mandating dues check off programs.

  • Support legislation to reform North Carolina's Workers' Compensation system to reduce disability findings and open-ended streams of payment, to address the trend in favor of long-term disability findings, to diminish control over these findings on the part of claimants and their legal representatives, and to curtail adoption of rules that limit return-to-work efforts.

  • Support legislation providing continued funding of rural transportation planning organizations (RPOs), enabling increased participation in transportation planning for the state's non-urban areas by local governments.

  • Seek legislation to reduce the cost of administering second primary elections, such as instant run off ballots.

  • Support legislation to increase funding for Agricultural research and Extension services offered through North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University and to assure that existing research stations are maintained at the current level of service.

  • Support efforts to promote and conserve working lands, including 1) legislation that includes horticulture, forestry and farmland as part of the state recreation and tourism plan, with emphasis on the protection and support of private working lands, 2) legislation that retains the present use value tax break for working agricultural, horticultural and forestry lands but does not further dilute its status by expanding the tax break to non-agricultural, non-working lands including non-working conservation properties, and 3) legislation to expand funding of the Agricultural Development and Farm Land Preservation Trust Fund and to create a dedicated revenue source to assure continued and stable fund maintenance.

  • Support an Average Daily Membership distribution in the School Capital Fund formula applying to lottery proceeds. Counties should be allowed to supplant local funds with lottery proceeds and these proceeds should be distributed on a regular quarterly basis.

  • Support legislation to provide state assistance to meet public school and community college construction needs caused by increased enrollment, mandated reduction in class size, and other factors through a statewide referendum on a bond issue and/or through authority for counties to raise additional revenues to meet facility needs, and to fund expansion budget requests of the community college system to meet demands resulting from increased enrollment and to train and retrain workers responding to a changing economy.

  • Support legislation to assure that the state define and support an adequate basic education in all local school systems and appropriate adequate operating funds to fully fund its education initiatives with revenue that is earmarked to pay the costs of those initiatives. The state should fund programs that continue to engage young people, provide individualized options that eliminate arbitrary barriers and provide students a range of opportunities through which they can gain the credentials, skills and education they need to function in the modern economy of the 21st century. Specifically, the state should: 1) continue to fully fund the Low Wealth School Fund, and 2) appropriate funds for school resource officers on the basis of one position allotment for each middle school and high school building for all school systems across the state.

  • Support legislation to assure that the Public School Capital Building Fund remains intact and to direct the State Treasurer to report on long-term commitments that are dependent on this Fund. Counties and schools should not be deprived of these resources as they were deprived of state support for school utility costs in 1991-92.

  • Support legislation to review the process through which members of the various boards of trustees of the several community colleges are appointed, to determine whether the system provides for adequate representation from counties responsible for supporting multi-county campuses.


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