Knapp moving from NCLM to Town of Cary


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.”


NCLM Releases Senate Tax Reform Summary & FY14 Revenue Forecast

Just in time for the Easter Holiday Weekend, North Carolina League of Municipalities’ Director of Research & Policy Analysis, Karl Knapp, has released the FY 2014 Forecast Guidance for State-Shared Revenues.

(From Knapp) Each year, the League provides information that cities and towns can use in estimating certain revenues for the upcoming fiscal year, including local government sales taxes, Powell Bill revenues, the piped natural gas excise tax, the electricity franchise tax, the telecommunications sales tax, the beer and wine tax and video programming revenues.

Click Here to View NCLM’s FY 2014 Forecast Information

Please note that in an effort to ease the calculation of your sales tax/city hold harmless distributions we have provided an Excel spreadsheet that will complete most of the calculation for you. You will still need to estimate the rate of growth in your Article 39 taxes and the percentage of county tax that will be distributed to your city, but all other calculations will be completed by the spreadsheet.

This week, during the NCLM’s Town Hall Day, the League also released a one-page summary of the impact of Senate Bill 394, “Lower Tax Rates for a Strong North Carolina Economy.” The legislation was introduced late last week and reflects the General Assembly’s intentions to dramatically-reform the state tax code, which will have an impact on revenues shared between the state and local governments.

Click Here to View & Download NCLM’s Summary on SB394

Summer 2012 Conference Update: Day One

NOTE: This post will be updated to include more pictures and video, and links of conference presentation materials.

More than 100 members representing dozens of municipal and county governments across North Carolina are on hand for NCLGBA’s 2012 Summer Conference in Wilmington.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo kicked festivities off with a welcome message thanking the attendees for coming, as well as for their service to their respective jurisdictions and the people of North Carolina.

NCLGBA President Blake Hart (Mecklenburg County) and Conference Co-Chairs Katie Lumb (New Hanover County) and Lesley Reder (Concord) took the opportunity to welcome the audience and provide information on planned activities.

Mecklenburg County Budget & Management Director Hyong Yi led the first plenary session, “Building a Better Mousetrap.” Instead of a straight workshop, Yi and members of his staff facilitated a group investigation and discussion to “crowdsource” means to innovate and improve budget processes.

Discussions led to ideas attendees can use to improve budgeting through preliminary activities, development, recommendation and review and adoption.

One example of local jurisdiction strategic planning shared by attendees was the City of Durham, which you can access here.

The first day also included critical updates on activities of the General Assembly during the 2012 “Short Session” and their impact on municipalities and counties. These sessions were led, respectively, by Karl Knapp (NC League of Municipalities) and Rebecca Troutman (NC Association of County Commissioners).

Sessions on Thursday include another plenary workshop on “Work/Life Balance” and breakout workshops on setting utility rates, utilizing mobile technology and more (Click Here for Full Agenda).


NCLM releases Budget & Tax Rate Survey Update

NCLM releases Budget & Tax Rate Survey Update

This morning, the NC League of Municipalities released the results from their annual Budget & Tax Rate Survey. In his announcement message, NCLM Director Research and Policy Analysis Karl Knapp indicated that more than 450 responses were received for this year’s survey of Tar Heel municipalities.

Click Here to Download the Survey Report (PDF)

Click Here to Download Municipal Tax Rate Data (Excel2007)

Click Here to Visit Survey Page (NCLM Website)

Stay tuned for updates to this post regarding survey findings.

FY12/FY13 State Budget: So far, municipal revenue impact is minimal

FY12/FY13 State Budget: So far, municipal revenue impact is minimal

The House Appropriations Committee of the North Carolina General Assembly approved a bill for the State’s Budget this past Wednesday. Next week, the full House will debate and vote on the State Budget. The Senate will review the bill once it is approved in the House.

This week’s email bulletin from the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) covers the impact of the budget, and aligned changes with state revenue, on municipal governments. So far, cities and towns appear to be coming out better than counties, though much remains to be done with debate now expanding to the floor.

The budget proposal does impact municipal governments in some ways, particularly with respect to transportation:

  1. Reduction in the time over which Powell Bill funds can be accumulated from 10 years to 5 years;
  2. Division of Powell Bill payments into two installments (October 1 and January 1); with no clarity regarding interest;
  3. Elimination of Powell Bill funding for the seven municipalities that do not maintain any of their own public streets;
  4. 4 percent cut to most public transportation grant funds;
  5. Elimination of funding for State inmate work crews that aid local governments;
  6. Reduction in the Clean Water Management Trust Fund appropriation from $50 million to $10 million;
  7. $4 million reduction is grants for local parks and recreation programs; and
  8. 15 percent reduction in state aid to libraries.
  9. Require that local government support functions of the Department of Revenue and the State Treasurer be paid for out of local sales tax revenues. This proposal would reduce local sales tax revenues by two-tenths of 1 percent (0.2%).

(h/t Karl Knapp, NCLM)

For additional information on the Budget proposal, you can see it on the General Assembly website (H200). You can also learn more about this and other bills and their potential impact on municipal governments by visiting NCLM’s Legislative Overview and checking out additional posts at the NCLM Legislative Advocacy Blog.