1. The organization lobbies at the state level
Founded in 1908, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners advocates on behalf of the state’s 100 county governments before the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the state government. In addition to advocacy, the association supports and promotes the well-being of all counties through education, research and member services as well. Boards of commissioners in each county are eligible for representation in the association, through which commissioners from across the state strive to preserve and protect the authority and ability of county governments to deliver the services for which they are responsible. The NCACC vision statement reads: “Empowering 100 counties to work together for the betterment of one state.”
2. Anita McCall is Lincoln County’s voting delegate
Lincoln County commissioner Anita McCall was appointed as the local NCACC voting delegate during the Dec. 17 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners. In addition to her service on numerous local board and committees, McCall has represented Lincoln County in the NCACC for the past two years, which also includes work with the National Association of County Commissioners. “Each North Carolina county has a commissioner who is the voting delegate by resolution of the entire board of commissioners,” McCall said. “The number of votes the delegate may place is based on the population of their county. Lincoln County has two votes based on our current population. I am grateful and pleased to serve as the NCACC voting delegate for Lincoln County. We are now getting some attention in our county, and I am truly honored.”
3. McCall’s work impacts Lincoln County directly
“The NCACC advocates for or discourages against any bill coming up for a vote based on the votes from the county delegates,” McCall said. “An example is the Farm Bill that was just passed. The NCACC advocated for it at the national level and it was just signed into law by the president of the United States. This will benefit Lincoln County greatly, as you can imagine. It is imperative that we have a presence at these events or our two votes are forfeited and our county gets no input in any decision at the state or national level.” The $867 billion farm bill that passed Congress Dec. 12 with bipartisan support allocates billions of dollars in subsidies to American farmers who have seen steep declines in commodities prices as a result of the ongoing trade dispute with China.
4. The legislative goals conference is set for January
The NCACC will meet in Raleigh Jan. 10-11 for a legislative goals conference in which the association will outline its goals ahead of the upcoming legislative session of the North Carolina General Assembly. The legislative goals that have been honed in on ahead of the conference pertain to tax and finance, general government, health and human services, public education, justice and public safety, agriculture and the environment. Each of these goals comes with a set of guiding principles that define the association’s stance on each matter, as well as a series of proposals for how to best achieve the NCACC’s desired outcome.
5. Federal goals will be discussed as well
The NCACC has outlined nine federal goals that support increased funding for disaster preparation, assistance and mitigation, behavioral health programs to address the opioid epidemic and expanded high-speed broadband access. The association also plans to support measures to reduce the number of people with mental illness in county jails and the timely reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, while opposing unfunded mandates and changes in eligibility for federal programs that shift costs to counties.