Tag:N.C. Association of County Commissioners

  • Parity extends down the ballot

    The number of Republican-controlled county commissions jumped from 56 to 61 this year. However, slightly more than half North Carolinians now live in counties with Democratic boards.

  • Cooper order throws local governments into financial havoc

    An executive order giving people a break on utility payments threw local governments across North Carolina into financial havoc. In late March, Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order banned utility providers from disconnecting non-paying customers. The executive orders aimed to protect people from losing water, electricity, natural gas, sanitation, or wastewater…

  • Latest voter ID bill has wide support, but legal challenges loom

    A bipartisan bill to implement the state’s new constitutional amendment requiring photo identification to vote whisked through the Senate Select Committee on Elections by unanimous vote. A second round of debate in the Senate Rules Committee and a second floor vote are set for Wednesday, Nov. 28.

  • N.C. retains AAA bond rating even with tax cap amendment on ballot

    A constitutional amendment capping the state’s top income tax rate at 7 percent didn’t seem to spook national bond-rating agencies, state Treasurer Dale Folwell said. The three agencies recently reaffirmed the state’s AAA bond rating. Folwell made the announcement about the bond rating Wednesday, July 11.

  • Fate of municipal sales-tax option uncertain

    A Republican-sponsored bill in the General Assembly could allow the first ever municipal sales taxes in North Carolina. House Bill 900, sponsored by Reps. Stephen Ross, R-Alamance, and Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, would allow a municipality to hold a voter referendum on the adoption of a sales and use tax of…

  • Election preview: NC counties

    In making a final review of key elections to watch on Nov. 5, it’s worth paying attention to trends in county commissioner races in North Carolina. Republicans made gains into the mid-1990s, only to give back some of them in the late-1990s. What’s next?…