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2015 County Assembly Day To Be Held May 6 In Raleigh PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 27 March 2015 05:56

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - County officials will have the chance to meet with  legislative leader on May 6 in Raleigh when the N.C. Association of County Commissioners holds the 2015 County Assembly Day.

"The event begins in the morning with a legislative update from NCACC staff and remarks from leaders of the General Assembly. After lunch, attendees visit the N.C. General Assembly to meet with members of their delegation. The event concludes during the evening with the annual reception to honor members of the General Assembly," according to a posting at www.ncacc.org.

Fees:

No pre-registration fee for County Commissioners who sign up before April 24. All others must pay the pre-registration fee of $95.

After April 24, county commissioners and staff must register on-site and pay the on-site registration fee of $125, says the posting.

 
Contract Awarded For Dredging Of Morehead City Harbor Channel PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 March 2015 05:22

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com)  - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $7.9 million contract to resolve critical channel maintenance issues at the Port of Morehead City.
 
The dredging contract was awarded to Marinex Construction Company of North Charleston, South Carolina.The contract calls for the removal of approximately 725,000 cubic yards of material from the channel.

A construction schedule will be working on a schedule to begin operations as soon as possible.

"Goods moving through the Port of Morehead City contribute nearly $1 billion to our state's economy," said North Carolina Ports Chief Executive Officer Paul Cozza in a statement. "Our State support in ensuring the viability of the Port of Morehead City has been simply invaluable."
 
The Morehead City Harbor has an authorized depth of 45 feet, but shoaling sand has limited the depth to about 34 feet. That makes it difficult if not impossible for some of the Port of Morehead City’s biggest customers to gain access to the facility.

 
League of Municipalities To Members: SB 369 Puts Local Revenues In Jeopardy PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 05:59

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The North Carolina League of Municipalities has issued an "action alert" for its members regarding Senate Bill 369, which the League says would "put local revenues in jeopardy." \

"Please contact your legislators and let them know about your concerns regarding SB 369 Sales Tax Fairness Act," says the alert, posted at www.nclm.org.

The alert is below.

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ACTION ALERT: Contact Your Legislators Regarding SB 369 Sales Tax Fairness Act

March 24, 2015

SB 369 Sales Tax Fairness Act, a proposal to rework how sales taxes are distributed in North Carolina, was filed last night, and as anticipated, will create winners and losers when it comes to how much counties and the municipalities in them receive in sales tax revenues. The legislation also would  convert the $2.2 billion in local sales taxes to a state tax over three years, meaning a local allocation would be subject to state control.
 
League staff is involved in ongoing discussions with the bill sponsor, Sen. Harry Brown of Jacksonville, about the effects of the bill and appreciates his concerns for the financial plight of rural communities.

Nonetheless, the legislation as currently drawn puts local revenue in jeopardy, changes sales tax distributions on a number of fronts with unpredictable results, and has the potential to create particular harmful effects on the state's tourism economy. Please contact your Senators and House members and let them know about your concerns about the bill's effects.
 
In addition to converting local sales taxes to a state tax and changing the distribution to a pure per-capita basis, the legislation would require that all distributions within counties be made on a per-capita basis, eliminating the option for counties to distribute the tax on ad valorem basis. This shift, in coastal counties that currently use the ad valorem basis for distribution their portion of the sales taxes, will mean a double hit in revenue losses for beach communities including Nags Head, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. It could also hurt some municipalities in counties with gains from the statewide per-capita distribution.
 
The bill also would: provide for no municipal sharing of an additional 1/4 cent general use sales tax that could be adopted by counties, allow voter petitions to repeal previously levied local sales taxes, and by repealing previous local sales taxing authorities, eliminate the basis by which municipal hold-harmless payments from the state-county Medicaid swap are calculated."

 
Charles M. “Casey” Viser Nominated For Special Superior Court Judgeship PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 05:28

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Charles M. “Casey” Viser of Mecklenburg County has been nominated For Special Superior Court Judgeship.
 
"Casey Viser served Mecklenburg County with distinction as a District Court Judge and is a well-respected and distinguished litigator," said Gov. Pat McCrory in a statement announcing the nomination. "His impending role as a Special Superior Court judge will only further his legacy of commitment and service to his community and the state."
 
Governor McCrory appointed Viser as a Mecklenburg County District Court Judge on July 15, 2013.  Prior to his service as a District Court Judge, he was a partner at James, McElroy & Diehl in Charlotte, where he was a civil and criminal litigator. 

 
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