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County Commissioners Host State Lawmakers

Mar 09, 2018

FAYETTEVILLEThe Board of Commissioners met with Cumberland County’s state legislative delegation today to discuss legislative topics and the county’s priorities. All seven county commissioners attended the event as well as the six state lawmakers who represent Cumberland County in Raleigh.

 

The following items were among those discussed during the special meeting held in the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse.

 

  • Water Expansion – Cumberland County is requesting funding to assist in extending water lines to the areas contaminated by GenX. Commissioners have approved hiring an engineering firm to complete a preliminary engineering report for the water extension to the Gray’s Creek Water and Sewer District. The report is expected to be completed by October.
  • Food and Beverage Tax – The County would like to remove a sunset provision from the Food and Beverage Tax. The current statute requires the tax be repealed when the debt service on the Crown Coliseum is paid in 2024.  The County will need to continue to maintain the Crown’s facilities and subsidize the operations beyond 2024. 
  • Local Occupancy Tax – The commissioners discussed amending the current Cumberland County local occupancy tax to comply with House Finance Committee Guidelines. The change would allow the County to operate under the same rules as other counties that collect local occupancy taxes; expand the membership of the Tourism and Development Authority Board and allow funding to go toward capital projects related to tourism. 
  • School Funding – The group discussed capital funding needs and options supported by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners such as increased lottery funding, a school bond and flexibility to use local option sales tax for education. 
  • Social Services – The state’s Social Services Regional Supervision and Collaboration Working Group is exploring a “vision” for county social services that may include a state-administered system. Cumberland County has concerns about moving to a full state-administered system but supports the state establishing regional offices to provide oversight and assistance to local county-administered agencies.
  • Mental Health – Commissioners asked the delegation to support increased state funding for mental health services.

 

Other topics included sales tax collections and the potential for using sales tax  as an option for funding public safety; funding for communicable disease nurse positions at public health departments across the state; funding for 911 services, school security; increased state aid to libraries; and the possibility of a North Carolina Military Hall of Fame in Cumberland County.

 

For more information about the Board of Commissioners and to review meeting agendas and minutes, visit co.cumberland.nc.us.