TCC "in the KNOW" May 2015 Updates
North Carolina:

  • Below are some of the notable bills that crossed over.

H135 - Modernize Physical Therapy Practice.
H148 - Insurance Required for Mopeds. (House approves insurance requirement for mopeds – WRAL)
H364 - Clarify Laws on Exec. Orders and Appointments.
H528 - Establish Chiropractor Co-Pay Parity.
H532 - Malt Bvg Tech Changes/Sell Cider in Growlers. (Beer and liquor changes fail, cidery bill advances – Citizen-Times)
H640 - Outdoor Heritage Act. (NC House votes to allow Sunday hunting – N&O)
H661 - Teacher Recruitment and Scholarships.
H713 - Body & Dash Cam Recording/Public Access.
H739 - Repeal Business License Fees.
H774 - Restoring Proper Justice Act. (House bill seeks to end execution stalemates – WRAL)
H925 - Require Hospitals to Offer Influenza Vaccine.
S343 - Student Assault on Teacher/Felony Offense.
S419 - Limit Revolving Door Employment.
S480 - Uniform Political Activity/Employees.
S676 - Autism Health Insurance Coverage.
S694 - Employee Misclassification Reform. (Bill to block cheating employers’ advances in NC Senate – N&O)

  • Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law Senate Bill 372 on Thursday, extending the tax credit for renewable energy projects in the state. 

Property Tax Rates per $100: 

Johnston County:

Johnston County residents could vote as early as next spring on whether to borrow more money for school-building needs. Superintendent Ed Croom on Tuesday hinted at a bond referendum in 2016 to pay for some of the $75.5 million in building projects the schools hope to tackle.

Wake County:

The Wake County Transit Strategy partners are inviting residents to learn about four transit plan options and provide feedback on each of them. Community events are being planned throughout the summer. During these events, people will have an opportunity to watch an overview video, review maps, talk with technical staff and complete a survey about the four transit plan options. The latest events to be scheduled are listed below.

Tuesday, May 26, at 6 p.m.  
Fuquay-Varina Town Hall
401 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina

Monday, June 1, at 5 p.m.  Knightdale Town Hall
950 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale

Wednesday, June 10, at 6 p.m.  Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St., Apex

Tuesday, June 30, at 6 p.m.  Morrisville Town Hall
100 Town Hall Drive, Morrisville

Monday, July 6, at 5 p.m.  Rolesville Town Hall
502 Southtown Circle, Rolesville

Wednesday, July 8 at 6 p.m.  North Regional Library
7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh

Thursday, July 9, at noon  Express Library Fayetteville Street
336 Fayetteville St. (Wake County Office Building), Raleigh

Monday, July 13 at 6 p.m.  West Regional Library
4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary

Tuesday, July 14, at 6 p.m.   Zebulon Town Hall
1003 N. Arendell Ave., Zebulon

Thursday, July 16, at 6 p.m.  Eva Perry Regional Library
2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex

Monday, July 20, at 6 p.m.  Cameron Village Regional Library
1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh

Wednesday, July 22, at 6 p.m.  East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale

Monday, July 27, at noon  Express Library Fayetteville Street
336 Fayetteville St. (Wake County Office Building), Raleigh

  • Wake County Manager Jim Hartmann presented the County's $1.13 billion fiscal year (FY) 2016 recommended budget, an increase of $67 million over the FY2015 budget, to the Board of Commissioners during its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, May 18, 2015. A key component of the budget is a 2.9-cent property tax increase, which will generate $36.5 million in new revenue to meet the growing needs of our population of more than one million people. The new property tax rate will increase from 57.8 cents in FY15 to 60.7 cents in FY16. Property owners will see an average increase of $77 per year on a home valued at $266,000.

 Cary:

  • The Cary Town Manager is proposing a three-cents property tax increase for the coming year: two cents to fulfill the Town’s promise to voters to pay for the 2012 Community Investment Bond Referendum; and one cent to help cover increasing operating costs – such as supporting multiple gigabit fiber projects -- and replacing the loss of $1.5 million resulting from the NC General Assembly’s statewide elimination of the municipal privilege license fee. Other proposed fee changes of note include: a $1/month rise in solid waste fees; an average 10-percent increase in transportation development fees (unchanged since 2013); and a 3.8-percent  increase in water and sewer rates—or about $2.75 more per month for residents using 5,000 gallons of water.
  • The Town has moved the discussion of the Round 31 amendments to a work session in July. A public task force has not been set up to discuss the amendments.

 Chapel Hill:

  • Some Chapel Hill residents are concerned that the proposed Obey Creek development could create more problems than it’s worth. Whereas supporters of the project praise its walkability, public transit and affordability options.
  • The Council held a public hearing on the proposed financing agreement for up to $2.3 million for various high-priority capital projects, including an emergency generator and HVAC improvements for Town Hall, a new roof for Hargraves Community Center, fire breathing apparatus equipment, and energy efficiency projects at various Town facilities. These projects were identified during the Capital Improvement Program review as plans that could be completed in a relatively short period of time but are too large for pay-as-you-go financing.
  • The Council received a presentation from Go Triangle (formerly Triangle Transit) staff on the Durham-Orange Light Rail Corridor Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The report provided additional analysis related to the alignment and station locations of the proposed light rail system between Durham and Chapel Hill. The next public meeting in the Chapel Hill area will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. June 2 at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Learn more here - http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/news-events/current-issues/durham-orange-light-rail-transit-project.
  • The Council provided feedback to Planning and Sustainability staff members on the Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO) Update. This update will include information about the project timeline; topic areas include resource conservation districts, bed and breakfast establishments, sign ordinances and parking lot landscaping. The Council expressed interest in keeping the update moving forward toward completion. Learn more here - http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/design-chapel-hill/lumo-update.
  • Chapel Hill budget increases to $100.7M, but no tax increase: Rising sales tax and development fee revenues will help cover a slightly higher town budget next year without increasing property taxes, Town Manager Roger Stancil said Monday. 

Clayton:

  • TCC has scheduled a “Coffee Chat” on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. come and meet with Mayor Jody McLeod, Mayor Pro Tem Michael Grannis, & Councilor Jason Thompson. Also chat with Town Manager Steve Biggs, Assistant Town Manager Nancy Medlin, Public Works Director Tim Simpson, Downtown Development Coordinator Bruce Naegelen, Parks & Rec. Director Larry Bailey and Planning Director David DeYoung to have an informal exchange of ideas about general policy matters and economic development issues. 

Durham (City):

  • City Manager Thomas Bonfield presented the FY 2015-2016 preliminary budget– which includes no property tax increase – keeping the current tax rate at 59.12 cents per $100 of assessed property value. To encourage resident feedback, the third annual e-Town Hall will be held on Monday, June 1 at 7 p.m. during the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting. Residents are asked to send their thoughts and questions now that they’ve heard the proposed budget. Comments and questions can be sent in a number of ways – by email, on Facebook, through Twitter (use #DurhamETH), by uploading a video to YouTube and sending the link by email, or by contacting Durham One Call (919) 560-1200. 

Hillsborough:

  • Proposed Budget Overview: Property Tax Rate: No change, remains at 68 cents for FY16. Rate also projected to remain unchanged for FYs17-18. Water Rates: No change for FY16 - this is the fourth consecutive budget without a water rate increase. For FYs17-18, a 4% increase is projected for each year. Sewer Rates: 8.8% increase in FY16 (98 cents per 1,000 gallons for in-town and $1.91 for our out-of-town customers) per the financial plan to pay for the $19.8 million Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade project and loss of the Efland-Cheeks customers. No sewer rate increases are planned for FYs17-18. 

Morrisville:

  • The Fiscal Year 2016 property tax rate is recommended to increase by $0.02 from the current year rate of $0.39 to $0.41 per $100 of property valuation. The $0.02 tax rate increase is directly related to the voter approved 2012 Street and Parks Improvement Bonds.
    • Adoption Schedule:
      • 6/04/2015- Mini-Budget Work Session
      • 6/09/2015- 2nd Briefing Budget
      • 6/23/2015- Proposed Budget Adoption 

Raleigh:

  • After years of planning, officials finally broke ground on Raleigh's new Union Station transportation hub. Funding has been the biggest hurdle for the project, but now that it's been secured and officials broke ground on the project. Raleigh's new Union Station is finally becoming a reality.
  • Included in the budget proposal is a property tax rate increase of 1.72 cents per $100 of tax valuation. This tax increase was approved by Raleigh voters in a parks bond referendum in November 2014. The approximately $92 million bond issue will fund improvements to greenways, community centers, historic sites, aquatic centers, and playgrounds. The 1.72-cent increase would bring Raleigh’s property tax rate to 42.10 cents per $100 of tax valuation. Also proposed is a 75-cent increase in the monthly solid waste collection fee.

·         Raleigh City Council continues to struggle with building heights and the new staff approved plan to allow buildings up to 40 stories in the City’s center.

o   Councilor Russ Stephenson has opposed the plan, while Councilor Wayne Maiorano has supported it by saying it is a vision statement to the rest of the country for what we want in our downtown. Mayor Nancy McFarlane seems to be on the fence and continues to include affordable housing options in the conversation despite the city attorney reminding the Council and Mayor that “inclusionary zoning” is illegal.

  • The City of Raleigh launched a program on May 1 to improve customer service and further ensure that construction in Raleigh is permitted and completed in accordance with State and local building laws. The Permit Notification Program applies to building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and other related permits issued by the Inspections Department. If you have questions about the City of Raleigh’s permitting and inspections program, please call 919-996-2705 to speak to a customer service representative. 

Rolesville:

  • “Community Conversation” is an initiative created by Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes for the purpose of engaging the community in the decision making processes. The Town of Rolesville, Wake County, and the Wake County Public School System have teamed together to hold a joint meeting…a community conversation. This event will be held at Rolesville Town Hall on Tuesday, June 2 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and express to the elected officials what your vision is and to learn more about what is going on.   

Wake Forest:

  • The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners on Tuesday evening unanimously appointed Kip Padgett as Wake Forest’s new town manager. Padgett, who has been the city manager in Gainesville, Ga., since 2009, will succeed Mark Williams who retired in April. He is expected to begin working in Wake Forest on Monday, July 6. He will earn an annual salary of $145,000.

Other:

  • Triangle J Council of Governments has announced Lee Worsley as its new Executive Director. Worsley is currently the Deputy County Manager for Durham County. He follows Kirby Bowers who announced his retirement earlier this year. He will assume his new role on July 13, 2015.
  • The Midtown Raleigh Alliance invites you to join them for a morning of Real Estate Facts and Trends on June 18th from 8:00am – 9:30am at the First Citizens Corporate Conference Center, 4300 Six Forks Road.  Hear from a panel of residential real estate experts from the Midtown Market that includes Nicole Petroff, Kane Residential; Kate Kenney, Coldwell Banker HPW; Anne Scruggs, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services YSU; Amy Butler, Fonville Morisey; and Phyllis Brookshire from Allen Tate.  Plus, get a commercial update from Charlie Coyne, CBRE Senior Director of Retail, and Lee Clyburn, Senior Vice President for Office. Finish up the morning with a very special update from John Kane, Chairman of Kane Realty Corporation on current and future North Hills development.  To register HERE!