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Pitt County Rep. Brian Brown Resigns Seat, Takes Job With Sen. Thom Tillis PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 09 October 2015 05:53

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Rep. Brian Brown is trading a seat in the legislature for a job representing Sen. Thom Tillis in eastern North Carolina. Brown announced his resignation this week, effective immediately.

Local Republican Party officials in Pitt County must now choose a replacement to serve out Brown's term.

In a letter to House Speaker Tim Moore, Brown reportedly expressed "mixed emotions" in leaving the House.

IRS County Migration Data Shows People Flocking To Texas PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 October 2015 05:44

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Texas counties dominate the top 10 list for migration produced by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Governing magazine's top 10 list shows five counties in Texas  in top 10: Travis, Fort Bend, Collin, Denton and Montgomery. Travis County leads the country with more than 123,000 new residents having moved in between 2013 and 2014.

Overall, 15 million moved into a new county during that time period.

Read the full story at governing.com.

UNC School of Government Blog: “Good Cause” and Late Property Tax Exemption Applications PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 05:48

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The UNC School of Government's Local Government blog has taken on the subject of "good cause" and late property tax exemptions.

Blogger Chris McLaughlin, associate professor of public law and government, begins the blog this way:

"The Machinery Act rarely gives local governments much discretion. Most often our property tax statutes proscribe exactly what should happen in a given situation.

There are a few tax collection situations in which local governments have flexibility, however.  Consider the unfettered authority of tax collectors to waive the 10% penalty for bad checks (G.S. 105-358) or the option for local government boards to waive discovery bills.  G.S. 105-312(k).

Another of these discretionary situations is the topic of today’s blog post: decisions by governing boards to allow late exemption applications for “good cause.”  G.S. 105-282.1(a1).  That statute does not define “good cause”, leaving it up to local governments to decide for themselves what facts justify late applications."

To read McLaughlin's full blog, visit canons.sog.unc.edu.

Governor and Ag Commissioner To Assess Storm Damage In Brunswick & Bladen Counties PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 05:35

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - How much damage has the recent rain and wind storm caused in coastal North Carolina? That's the question to be addressed Tuesday when Gov. Pat McCrory and Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler tour a Bladen County vineyard and cotton farm.

The day will begin with an official update on the storm response at 10:15 a.m. from the Brunswick County Emergency Operations Center.

That will be followed by a trip to Bladen County's Lu-Mil Vineyard at 1 p.m. and a stop at the Dan Ward Cotton Farm at 1:45 p.m.

All stops are open to credentialed press.


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