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Hotel Reservation Cutoff Date – June 24th

Come Celebrate our 25th Anniversary!

Join colleagues from across the state in celebrating a quarter century of NCLGBA professional development. Join us in honoring our past presidents,  Jack Vogt, retired UNC School of Government professor, and other key people during the Thursday, July 17 luncheon. Plenary and concurrent sessions will include capital financing, Department of Revenue updates on the Tax and Tag program, and practical tips for how to streamline next year’s budget process. The speaker line up also includes UNC School of Government professor David Ammons speaking about performance management with the NCLGBA’s first president, Ellen Liston, who recently retired as deputy manager of Coral Springs, Florida.

Ethics Workshop Opens Conference

The Summer 2014 conference will kick off with ICMA’s Director of Ethics Martha Perego who will lead a workshop on ethics. With North Carolina roots – she was a budget intern in Durham in 1979-80 and University of North Carolina MPA alum – and decades of local government management experience, Martha will facilitate an interactive discussion of ethical leadership within the budgeting profession.

Scholarships Available

The NCLGBA will be offering one scholarship to the Summer NCLGBA conference, which includes registration and two nights hotel reservations. This opportunity will be open to any open to Masters of Public Administration students or first time conference attendees. Please share the news with colleagues and summer interns, and be on the lookout for the application to be posted to the listserv. For more information, contact Lesley Reder at RederL@concordnc.gov

Reserve Your Hotel Room

The Grandover has generously donated a free room night to one NCLGBA conference attendee. Make your hotel reservation ($163 per night, call 336-294-1800 for a reservation, group code “NCLGBA”) before May 15 to be entered into the drawing!

Call for Pictures

As a part of the 25th Anniversary celebration, the Board is putting out an all-call for member photos from the 1980s to today!  If you have photos from past conferences, other budget-related events, or other fun 1980s/1990s/2000s personal photos to share, would you send them to RederL@concordnc.gov? Big hair, stone-washed jeans, tapered leg khakis, neon colors, crazy-collared suits, shoulder pads – we’d like them all!

NCLM’s Nida discusses FY15 Shared Revenue Outlook (Webinar Recording)

Chris Nida, Director of Research & Policy Analysis for the North Carolina League of Municipalities, joined NCLGBA’s Kenneth Hunter (City of Rocky Mount) on April 9th for a webinar/conference call to review the League’s FY 2015 edition of its annual projection report for Shared State/Municipal Revenues.

A video/audio recording of the webinar is available below (the first few minutes were not recorded due to an error, but they do not inhibit the level of information shared). Nida’s commentary focused primarily on the report, and also included discussion of ongoing General Assembly debate over privilege license taxes, as well as implementation of changes to taxes on the sale of electricity and natural gas services.

Click Here to Download the following Documentation:

Nida also mentioned the most recent report on State General Fund Revenues, which was published this week. Click here to download their 3rd Quarter FY 2014 report.

Analysis Brief – April 7, 2014 (NC Economic Outlook Summary)

Don’t forget about our upcoming Summer Conference, July 16th-18th at Grandover Resort in Greensboro (click here for more info).

NC Economic Outlook Summary

Wells Fargo released a seasonal outlook on North Carolina’s economy late last Thursday (click here). The report covers several metrics and provides comprehensive information on statewide trends. Here are the highlights:

  • Statewide employment conditions are improving, with net growth in jobs across all industry groups within the state and significant reductions in the unemployment since last summer. Professional and business services provide the largest share of job growth (4.5%).
  • About 70% of job growth the past 4 years took place in the Raleigh, Durham-Chapel Hill and Charlotte metro areas (MSAs).
  • Statewide manufacturing job growth lags other sectors, creating issues of disparity with manufacturing-intensive areas of the State.
  • Commercial real estate activity improving in areas of strong job growth.
  • Apartment construction in Charlotte is matching demand, while Raleigh’s increased construction rates (compared to demand) provide a slight increase in vacancies.
  • Single-family housing construction permits continue showing some improvement, but they still fall significantly below pre-recession levels.
  • Housing market prices, as measured in North Carolina by the CoreLogic HPI, show continued, modest improvement, with the metric appearing close to pre-recession levels. Nationally, the rate of recent growth is faster, but the index remains significantly below pre-recession levels.

The report also included these highlights regarding North Carolina’s key metro areas:

  • Raleigh experienced 4% year-to-year growth in total nonfarm employment, driven by nearly 10% growth in business & professional services.
  • Employment growth remains slow in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, reflecting continued challenges in the Triad area.
  • Asheville and Charlotte experienced strong growth in line with statewide trends (~3% to 4%), with Asheville’s housing market also recovering at a strong rate.

Following requests from several jurisdictions, we asked for and received chart sets for each North Carolina metro (see links below for PDFs):

North Carolina (Statewide)

Asheville

Burlington

Charlotte

Durham-Chapel Hill

Fayeteville

Greensboro

Greenville

Hickory

Jacksonville

Raleigh

Rocky Mount

Wilmington

Winston-Salem

Connaughton Updates Sector Growth, Job Forecasts

Last month, UNC-Charlotte’s John Connaughton produced his spring 2014 economic forecast, reporting 2013 gross state product (GSP) growth of 2.5% and 2014 GSP growth of 3%. Agriculture experienced the most significant year-to-year growth in GSP for 2013 (+22.7%), following by entertainment & hospitality (+4.9%), transporting, warehousing & utilities (+4.3%) and business & professional services (+4.1%). Manufacturing was relatively unchanged (+0.1%) and reflected about 20% of the total state economy (second to finance, insurance and real estate). Agriculture is expected to grow another 11% in 2014, with manufacturing projecting 2.7% growth, 2.2% for entertainment & hospitality, and 1.8% for business & professional services. Connaughton also anticipates net statewide job growth of 60,200 jobs  (1.5%) in 2014, slightly less than 2013 growth (64,500, up 1.6%). Connaughton found the information sector with the highest rate of growth in 2013 (+7.6%), but he does not anticipate sector growth continuing at the same pace for 2014 (+0.7%), surpassed by transportation/warehousing/utilities (+3.3%), construction (+3.7%), and entertainment/hospitality and business/professional services (+1.7%).

Walden’s LEI Outlook Not Promising

For March, the NCSU Index of Leading Economic Indicators, presented by Dr. Michael Walden, experienced another decline, dropping 1.6% to its lowest level since last August. The overall trend remains positive, and 6% than last March, and is potentially impacted in recent months due to traditional winter slow down and worse-than-usual weather. Permit activity, hours worked and employment earnings all showed declines, as did the number of jobless claims. Click here to review the March report.

PNC Identifies Improved Business Owner Outlook

PNC Bank’s latest survey of NC-based small-and middle-market business owners (click here) provided some room for optimism in coming months. 48% of respondents indicated anticipated growth in sales over the next six months, up significantly from 34% last October. Expectations for increased profit grew slightly from 32% to 37%, while hiring growth expectations grew a little, from 8% to 12%. Increased anticipation for growth was also met with slight reduction in respondents expecting contraction in sales (from 9% to 7%) and profits (from 17% to 16%). An unchanged 8% still anticipate decreasing staff, while 76% anticipated remaining the same. With respect to economic outlook, strong optimism declined with respect to both the national (from 11% to 8%) and in-state economies (from 15% to 10%), with prospects for North Carolina still remaining stronger than nationally. Moderate optimism on the state optimism grew from 41% to 54%, helping reduce pessimism from 42% to 36%. At the same, the survey also showed declines or continued lows in the rates of businesses anticipating upcoming capital investment (53%), pay raises (19%), taking out new loans (14%), and housing price increases (39%). Substantial majority of respondents (70%) do not anticipate increasing prices during the next six months.

Gas Prices, Now and Upcoming

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Crude oil prices have subsided some from recent spikes facilitated by unrest in Ukraine, now within a couple percentage points of last year’s mark. As for fuel, prices for unleaded are picking up with the arrival of the spring, though are still a few cents below their levels 12 months ago. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) will release its next short term outlook this Tuesday. Their March report anticipates stable prices for the coming year, with potential for a decline in annual average price for 2015. Locally, Diesel prices also appear to be showing some reduction, at least not growing in relation to recent increases with unleaded.

 

NC Mayors Study Examines Urban Distress

Click Here for the Full Report (PDF)

Click Here for Infographic (PDF)

(PRESS RELEASE – Charlotte, N.C.) – Members of the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition today released data detailing pockets of severe poverty and unemployment –distressed census tracts – in North Carolina’s larger cities. The data shows that nearly 580,000 North Carolina residents live in distressed tracts, with 62 percent of these living in metropolitan regions. The report draws attention to the challenges growing urban cities face in ensuring all residents enjoy the economic opportunities being part of a large city affords.

This Infographic (Click to Enlarge) provides a summary from the "Unmasking Poverty and Unemployment in Urban North Carolina" Report, released February 28th by the NC Metro Mayors Coalition.
This Infographic (Click to Enlarge) provides a summary from the “Unmasking Poverty and Unemployment in Urban North Carolina” Report, released February 28th by the NC Metro Mayors Coalition.

A distressed neighborhood, or tract, is defined by the following characteristics;

  • Unemployment 50 percent greater than North Carolina’s unemployment rate,
  • Annual per capita income 1/3 lower than North Carolina’s per capita income, and
  • Poverty rate 50 percent greater than North Carolina’s poverty rate.

As of 2010, the Census Bureau had designated 18 areas as urban in North Carolina, and the data shows each of these areas contains at least one distressed tract. Of the 162 severely distressed Census tracts identified, 106 are located in urban areas. Of the 56 tracts classified as rural, 45 are located in urban clusters and only 11 are in truly rural areas. Twenty of the 25 most distressed tracts in North Carolina are urban.

“While North Carolina’s metro areas have been the state’s economic engines driving growth and prosperity, cities have also been grappling with pockets of slow or stagnant economic recovery in neighborhoods that leave significant numbers of citizens struggling in poverty,” said Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, chair of the N.C. Metro Mayors. “Further study is needed to better understand and identify needs within the urban pockets of poverty. As we look at poverty across the state, it’s important that we develop targeted strategies to expand economic opportunities to all distressed areas, both rural and metro, to ensure all citizens living in poverty are being provided equal opportunities to improve their economic outlook.”

While North Carolina’s metropolitan cities are experiencing dynamic population growth and are included regularly in national rankings of the nation’s top cities to live in, the challenge lies in bringing that success to each neighborhood in the city. High-level views, such as county statistics, fail to adequately capture the economic realities of these pockets of distress. The overall growth and opportunity experienced in the metro counties masks distressed urban tracts.

  • The per capita income in urban counties is $27,364 but is just $12,059 in distressed urban tracts.
  • The poverty rate in urban counties is just 15 percent but leaps to more than 40 percent in distressed urban tracts.
  • The unemployment rate is 9.3 percent in urban counties but 21.4 percent in distressed urban tracts.

African-Americans, children and the elderly are disproportionately impacted by the poverty in urban distressed tracts. More than 60 percent of those living in distressed urban tracts are African-American, and 16 percent of North Carolina African-Americans live in a distressed tract. Nearly 60 percent of children living in distressed urban tracts live in poverty, compared with slightly less than 23 percent across the state. For those over 65, the poverty rate in these distressed areas is more than 20 percent, double the 10 percent rate seen across the state.

The data is drawn from the report, “North Carolina’s Distressed Urban Tracts: A look at the state’s economically disadvantaged communities,” authored by William High for the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information on the report, contact Todd Owen, associate director of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at towen@email.unc.edu or 919-962-3076 or William High at williamhigh@gmail.com, or 404-345-0291. For information on the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition visit the website www.metromayors.com or call Julie White at (919) 539-7871.

How will “Tax & Tag Together” Impact Revenue Budgeting?

ChrisMcLaughlinBy Chris McLaughlin, UNC School of Government

Originally Posted at Coates’ Canons: NC Local Government Law (Hosted by UNC School of Government)

It’s almost budget time again for local governments across North Carolina, and tax collectors need to be involved.  Collectors have the responsibility of estimating the property tax collection rate for the current fiscal year (2013-2014), which is the maximum collection rate a local government may use when budgeting property tax revenues for the coming fiscal year (2014-2015).  For more details, see this post.

This year the task of estimating the property tax collection rate is more difficult due to the switch in September 2013 to the new registered motor vehicle (“RMV”) property tax collection system known as “Tag & Tax Together.”

As I describe here and here, under the new system RMV property taxes are collected at the time of registration or renewal.  Previously there was a three-month lag between registration or renewal and the billing of RMV property taxes.

In recognition of the delayed billing, G.S. 159-13(a)(6) permitted tax collectors to include only nine months of RMV tax billings but 12 months of RMV tax collections when estimating the collection rate for budget purposes.

Although the three-month delay in RMV tax billing disappeared with the roll out of the Tag & Tax Together program, the language in G.S. 159-13(a)(6) remains unchanged.  Tax collectors are still permitted to include (estimated) RMV tax collections for the full twelve months (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014)  in the numerator of the tax collection percentage calculation but only nine months of RMV tax billings (July 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014) in the denominator.  This approach increases the local government’s RMV collection rate and thereby increases the overall collection rate.

But I don’t recommend that tax collectors adopt this approach, because it no longer reflects reality.  With RMV taxes now collected immediately upon registration or renewal, there is no longer a lag between billing and collection.  Using nine months of RMV tax billings and twelve months of RMV tax collections will artificially inflate the unit’s collection rate for budget purposes and distort anticipated revenues for next year.

Instead, tax collectors should estimate both their RMV billings and collections for the full twelve months of fiscal 2013-2014 in their tax collection rate calculations for budget purposes. This approach will produce a lower collection rate than the twelve-month/nine-month approach described in G.S. 159-13(a)(6), of course.  But the rate it produces will be more accurate and still be perfectly legal.

G.S. 159-13 does not require a particular calculation for the budgetary tax collection rate.  It simply sets a maximum for that rate.  A local government has always been permitted to budget for next year using a collection rate that is lower than the rate it is currently experiencing.  Being more conservative in budgeting is wise and legal; being overly optimistic is not.

Local governments should take care to estimate next year’s RMV tax billings and collections based on the new reality of Tag & Tax Together and not on historical figures under the old system.  In other words, base the RMV tax collection projections for April, May and June of 2014 on what the unit received for RMV taxes in January, February and March 2014.  Similarly, when forecasting the 2014-2015 RMV tax base assessors should use recent history under the new system rather than data from the old system.

A number of my NC tax collector friends are reporting a bit of a dip in RMV tax revenue under the new system.  Wake County, for example, saw its RMV registrations and renewals drop by several percentage points as compared to the same months last year, although these numbers are improving.

It’s not clear what’s causing this dip. Late renewals are nothing new, of course; last year under the old RMV tax system more than two million vehicle owners renewed late.  When faced with the prospect of paying their RMV taxes up front under the new system, perhaps more RMV taxpayers are delaying their registration renewals than in prior years.

There are too many variables to make a good comparison of renewals and revenue under the old and new RMV tax systems midway through the fiscal year.  To help, the Department of Revenue promises additional RMV financial reports in late March and a webinar about how to use them early this April.

Despite the current fiscal uncertainty, it seems likely that as taxpayers become accustomed to the new system registrations and renewals will return to their normal levels.  And when that happens, RMV revenue should rise as compared to prior years because the collection rate will be nearly 100% thanks to the requirement that taxes be paid at time of registration or renewal.  (Under the old system, RMV tax collection rates consistently hovered around 87%.)

When thinking about the RMV tax collection rate under the new system, it’s important not to confuse the renewal rate with the tax collection rate.

Each month, the Division of Motor Vehicles sends out “invitations to renew” to the owner of every motor vehicle for which a registration is set to expire two months later.  That invitation lists both the registration fees and the property taxes owed on the vehicle for the coming year.

As most commonly used, the term “renewal rate” refers to the percentage of RMV owners who respond to those invitations and renew their registrations in a timely fashion.  Under the old system, roughly a third of all RMV owners renewed their registrations late.  The same has been true under the new system, with perhaps a slight uptick in late registrations as mentioned above.

But the fact that only 60% or so of RMV owners are renewing their registrations on time does not mean that the RMV tax collection rate is near 60%.  Quite the contrary.

Essentially 100% of owners who renew their registrations under the new system are paying their RMV taxes due to the requirement that taxes be paid at time of registration.  The only renewals for which taxes will not be paid immediately are those from the very small number of taxpayers who file for bankruptcy after their registrations expire and before they renew.  See this post for more details.

Two things appear to be true at this early stage of Tag & Tax Together.  First, the collection rate for RMV taxes under the new system will be very close to 100%, regardless of where the renewal rate falls.  Second, it will take a complete fiscal year (or more) to accurately measure the new program’s impact on RMV tax revenue.

Chris McLaughlin is Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government.

Analysis Brief – January 10, 2014

2014 ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SPECIAL!

This post may be updated as information become available over the course of the next couple days.

With the New Year comes resolutions, and predictions. This is especially true about the direction of the economy. During our Winter Conference, Wells Fargo Economist Michael Brown shared a few, as noted in the following slides:

The day before this presentation in Asheville, fellow Wells Fargo Economists John Silvia, Jay Bryson and Mark Vitner shared their 2014 Economic Outlook. Overall, they see continued growth in the overall economy, while they are less “excited” about accelerating employment growth, a challenging issue for many places across North Carolina and the rest of the country.

This week, economic outlook presentations hosted by the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce (Monday) and Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce (Friday) offered additional perspectives.

NC Chamber/NC Bankers Association Economic Outlook

Most notable presentations during this annual morning meeting and luncheon were a conversation on the future of North Carolina’s military presence, and its economic impact, along with an update from Governor Pat McCrory.

Click Here for NC Military Presence Discussion Video

Click Here for Governor McCrory’s Remakrs Video

 (Running Commentary)

Presentations Coming Soon

Greater Raleigh Chamber 2014 Economic Outlook

Two of the strongest economic voices in the Mid-Atlantic headlined this event. Wells Fargo’s John Silvia joined Richmond Fed District President Jeffrey Lacker for a comparative presentation of outlooks for the coming year, as well as discussion with the audience.

Click Here for Video of the Presentations by Silvia & Lacker

 (Running Commentary)

Click Here for Richmond Fed President Lacker’s Prepared Remarks

Forecasts from North Carolina Economists

Several noted economists across the state have updated their outlooks for the coming year.

Dr. Michael Walden shared his seasonal and start-of-year outlook back in December. Dr. Walden anticipates 2.75% growth in 2014 for the national economy, with 100,000 new jobs for North Carolina residents, though many of those will be concentrated in select metropolitan areas, like Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh and Durham.

Click Here for Dr. Walden’s Winter 2013/14 Outlook

Dr. Woody Hall with UNC-Wilmington shared his outlook for Southeastern North Carolina earlier this week during a forum hosted by the Wilmington Area Chamber of Commerce. Hall predicts 2.5% economic growth for the Wilmington-New Hanover County area in 2014, consistent with 2.5% growth this past year.

Click Here for Dr. Hall’s 2014 Outlook Presentation

Appalachain State’s Harry Davis offered an overview during the NC Chamber of Commerce/NC Bankers Association forum this past Monday. Click here for an article summarizing his comments (TBJ).

Dr. John Connaughton of UNC-Charlotte has not yet released an outlook for 2014 (stay tuned for an update).

Message from NCLGBA President, Katie Lumb

Greetings:

Friday morning before the first session, when I began to recognize Heather, Josh and the rest of the planning committee, I was so stunned by the fact no one was actually in the room that I wasn’t able to finish my thoughts.  Happily Josh was able to pick up the ball before the final session.

I had wanted to repeat what I’d told the Board and Heather in private.  Heather did an outstanding job planning a conference based on a contract signed 18 months previously and working with a very uncooperative new management.  Despite these obstacles, the 2013 Winter Conference was one of the best in memory due to Heather’s tireless work.

A leader is only as good as the team they lead and I have been very blessed in this regard during my time on the Board.  Words cannot express how deeply I appreciate Heather, Josh, and everyone else connected with making the Winter Conference the success it was.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, Happy New Year!

Analysis Brief – November 22, 2013

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Winter Conference Notes

Presentations from NC Metro Mayors Coalition Conference

US Conference of Mayors Publishes Metro Economic Report

This report, released earlier this month, looks at the growth in metropolitan area economies with respect to time and their share of overall state growth. This summary, published Wednesday in the News & Observer, offers a highlight at the report’s findings:

The breakdown in North Carolina shows that the Charlotte metropolitan area is responsible for 25.5 percent of the state’s economy. Raleigh-Cary (13.5 percent) and Durham (8.7 percent) metro areas generate a total of 22.2 percent. I combined them because they make up the Triangle, and it makes more sense to treat them as a single economic entity. So right there, the Triangle and Charlotte are nearly half the state’s economy.

The Triad weighs in at 13.1 percent (Greensboro, 8.1) and Winston-Salem (5.0); Fayetteville has 4.1 percent, and Wilmington has 3.4.

Brown/Bryson: Economic Growth May Cool Off Some

Wells Fargo Economist Michael Brown, who will present an outlook during the upcoming Winter Conference on December 13th, hosted Wells Fargo’s November Economic Outlook video with Global Economist Jay Bryson. Both individuals shared updates to their group’s forecast, anticipating some cooling in overall economic growth for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014. They anticipate an annual growth rate around 2%, with national job growth averaging less than 200,000 jobs per month.

Wells Fargo Economics will also host their 2014 Economic Outlook Conference Call at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 12th. A summary of this call will be posted to the NCLGBA website on December 13th.

Employment Growth Trickle Continues, Wages Rise

Those able to find and retain work are at least seeing some growth in their pay checks, according to October employment and wage data released by BLS. The US labor market saw an increase of 202,000 jobs in October, while average raised were a little more than 2% higher than a year ago.

Earlier this week, BLS reported the Consumer Price Index dropped 0.1% in October, mostly the result of lower gasoline prices. The baseline measure of inflation, the CPI was up 1% compared to a year ago. The variance suggests workers could expect so increase in purchasing power and capacity to save, which could help offset the impact of personal inflation and debt deleveraging on the consumer spending side of overall economic activity.

Transportation-related expenditures have a volatile, bipolar impact on the economy at the present time. Lower gas prices negatively imapct retail sales, with gasoline sales activity down almost 7% over the 12 months prior to this September. At the same time, vehicle sales are up 4% compared year-to-year.

Another Month of Cooling for Home Sales

Existing home sales declined 3.2% in October, the second consecutive month for a drop off in activity. The October shutdown of the Federal Government, and its impact on delaying review and processing of applications for funding through Federal mortgage programs, may have effected sales in the short term. Overall, annual sales trends still remain above 5 million homes, with active inventories (2.1 million) close to pre-recession levels.

Small Businesses OK with Present, Don’t Like Future

“Wells Fargo’s Small Business Index fell 1 point to 24 in the fourth quarter. The present situation index rose 3 points, reflecting improving revenue, while the expectation series fell 4 points, reflecting headline concerns.”

Lacker Addresses Outlook in Asheboro

This Thursday, Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker visited Asheboro SCORE to present a national economic outlook for the coming year. Click here for the text (video or audio likely to come soon).  Here are some themes and predictions from his speech:

  • Lacker reduced his GDP growth estimate from 3% to 2%, though he does see reasons for continued optimism
  • At the same time customers are scaling back and deleveraging, lenders are showing more unwillingness to extend funds.
  • Business investment is being held back due to public policy uncertainty.
  • Productivity growth is unlikely to change much, averaging roughly 1 percent per year.
  • Employment growth remains hard to forecast, though Lacker still predicts consistent growth at 0.9%. Increased hiring costs resulting from ACA implementation, along with skill “mismatch” in several parts of the country will serve to hinder positive growth potential.

Looking Back…

Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy. Below is a radio special produced in the week following his death, providing a perspective of these historic events as they happened.

Knapp moving from NCLM to Town of Cary

NEWS RELEASE

KarlKnappKarl Knapp, Director of Research and Policy Analysis at the N.C. League of Municipalities, has accepted the position of Budget Director for the Town of Cary, the League announced today. Knapp’s last day with the League will be this Friday, Nov. 1.

Knapp has been with the League in his current role since 2007. Prior to joining the organization, he served as the director of the Policy Analysis and Statistics Division for the N.C. Department of Revenue. He also previously served in a variety of roles with the City of Winston-Salem and served on the staff of the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division.

During his time at the League, Karl has served as a resource for League members across the state. His timely analysis of legislation and anticipation of political issues for municipalities has allowed the League to better advocate on behalf of North Carolina’s cities and towns, and his willingness to assist members with questions and problems in their communities has contributed greatly to the League’s mission of helping to promote excellence in municipal government.

“Karl has been a tremendous asset to the League’s Governmental Affairs Team during my time at the League,” said Paul Meyer, NCLM Director of Governmental Affairs. “His understanding of municipal government and the General Assembly has helped position the League for many of its successes in recent years. All of us at the League congratulate Karl on his new position and wish him all the best.”