Some Early Legislative Success

In mid-January the New Hanover County Commission was successful in securing 2 statewide legislative goals on the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners’ legislative agenda. Both of these goal-issues have been and are critical to our future success — beach restoration/inlet maintenance and film/historic tax incentives; and both are publicly stated policy priorities of the full county commission.

The benefit of these goals being attached to the statewide agenda means that 100 counties and more than 580 county commissioners from across North Carolina are pulling in our direction when it comes to preserving the state’s beaches, the state’s waterway inlets, the statewide film industry, and historic reservation.

This is a huge, early win as the legislative season began January 28 and is moving into full swing.
Here are the 2 goals as adopted by the membership of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners:

  • General Government-3: Support new or expanded state funding streams that will provide sufficient revenues to adequately fund the state’s transportation infrastructure needs also to include coastal infrastructure, i.e. coastal storm damage reduction and shallow draft inlet maintenance. (Amended)
  • Tax and Finance-2: Support legislation to grow North Carolina’s statewide economy through sound state investments, including public infrastructure funding, competitive incentives, and coordinated efforts with county economic development services. (a) Adopt new approaches to economic development incentives to include rural counties; (b) Restore the film and historic preservation tax credits and; (c) Maintain grant funding for rural infrastructure projects.

If you want to check out all the goals affecting county governments across the state you can click here.

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