Legislative Alerts

Legislative Alert - June 5, 2017 

Posted by Anna Berger Monday, June 5, 2017 9:45:00 AM Categories: LGF

LGF County Allocation Estimates

The House and Senate Budget Conferees have completed their work on the FY 17-18 budget. SCAC received the confirmed spreadsheet late Friday. The conference committee increased the Local Government Fund base funding level by $10 million and adopted the House proposal for funding government employer pension increases. This appropriation pays for the full 2 percent state government employer increase and 1 percent of the local government employers increase.

Together this represents a $44 million recurring increase for local government.

Although SCAC would have preferred the Senate pension proposal, the total amount of state-shared recurring revenue appropriated by the conference committee far exceeds the dollar amount requested in SCAC’s policy position. More than 7 percent of the state’s general fund recurring increase went to county government this year.

Additionally, the conference committee adopted the FEMA match allocation of $68 million for Hurricane Matthew and $5 million for the 2014 Winter Storm Local Matching Funds.

Almost 60 percent of FEMA match money will go to local governments.

These allocations can only be viewed as a major victory for county government, especially in light of the enormous fiscal pressure the General Assembly was under this year. This result is a direct reflection of the hard work, emails, and phone calls made by county officials. Every county official should congratulate themselves on a job well done.

The members of the budget conference committee were Senators Leatherman, Bennett, and Setzler and Representatives White, Pitts, and Stavrinakis. Please take the time to thank every member of the conference committee for the work they put in for state government, local government, and your and their constituents.

Also call your Senate and House members, thank them, and ask that they support the conference report on the budget when it is proposed on Tuesday, June 6.

A spreadsheet showing the Local Government Fund County Estimates for FY 17-18 as passed by the Conference Committee is available here. Please contact SCAC staff with any questions you may have at 1-800-922-6081.

Legislative Alert - May 19, 2017 

Friday, May 19, 2017 10:55:00 AM Categories: LGF

If the LGF is ever going to be increased significantly, YOU must contact your members of the General Assembly NOW. The budget conference committee is stalled on which plan to agree on to fund the local government fund. The House funded 1 percent of the mandated pension plan increase for all non-state PEBA entities. The Senate instead allocated money directly to local governments allowing the governing bodies to determine how to spend their allocation. This includes a $34 million increase to the Local Government Fund (LGF). Not only does the Senate’s distribution to the LGF allow counties to better meet the demands of mandated services, it also clearly supports the notion of home rule, allowing the county governing body to decide how to best allocate its resources.

Now is the time to contact your House and Senate members and let them know that the conference committee must adopt the Senate version of the LGF. The conference committee members will be returning next week to make a decision on the LGF, so this weekend is the absolute best time for your state delegation members to relay this message to the conference committee members. Counties have fought for an increase in the LGF for nearly a decade, which underscores the necessity to make these contacts now. We are at the goal line with this increase. It is up to the county officials to push it into the end zone.

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TODAY AND ASK THAT THEY RELAY TO THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ADOPTING THE SENATE VERSION OF THE LGF.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR YOUR DELEGATION MEMBERS’ CONTACT INFORMATION.

Legislative Alert - April 19, 2017 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 2:22:00 PM Categories: LGF
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
ABOUT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND

The budget adopted by the Senate includes a $33,692,568 recurring increase to the Local Government Fund (LGF).

This increase was created by taking the House allocation of $33 million to cover 1 percent of the retirement system local government employers’ increase, and appropriating that money to the LGF.

Please Note: In addition to protecting local government employers, the House appropriation sends money to non-profits and federal employers.

By directing the money to the LGF, the Senate plan successfully covers more of the required increase for county and city governments, and therefore saves property taxpayers more money!

Ask BOTH your House AND Senate member to support the Senate version because it ensures more money going back to county government, saving the taxpayers from massive property tax increases!

Important update: Cities are calling and supporting the House version. Many legislators are saying they haven’t heard from their county. County officials must call if our taxpayers are to receive this important relief.

Senate member phone numbers and email addresses can be found here.

House member phone numbers and email addresses can be found here.

Legislative Alert - April 11, 2017 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:34:00 AM Categories: LGF
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
ABOUT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND

TELL THEM: TOGETHER LET’S PROTECT THE COUNTY TAXPAYERS

The budget adopted by the Senate includes a $33,692,568 recurring increase to the Local Government Fund (LGF).

This increase was created by taking the House allocation of $33 million to cover 1 percent of the retirement system local government employers’ increase, and appropriating that money to the LGF.

Although the House plan to cover 1 percent of the employers’ retirement system increase was good, the Senate plan is even better. In addition to protecting local government employers, the House appropriation sends money to non-profits and federal employers. By directing the money to the LGF, the Senate plan successfully covers more of the required increase for county and city governments, and therefore saves property taxpayers more money!

It is important to note that the LGF is, first and foremost, property tax relief. Because local taxpayers are being required to shore up the state retirement system, putting this money into the LGF is a smart method of protecting county taxpayers.

The General Assembly is on furlough this week and should be available at home.

Please contact your House member and thank them for the effort they made to cover 1 percent of the retirement system local government employers’ increase. Thank your Senator for helping protect the taxpayers of your county.

Ask BOTH your House member AND Senate member to support the Senate version because it ensures more money going back to county government, saving the taxpayers from massive property tax increases!