RALEIGH — On May 10, Yadkin County Board Chairman Kevin Austin, Commissioner David Moxley, County Attorney Ed Powell and County Manager Lisa Hughes met with state legislators in Raleigh to advocate for county priorities as part of County Assembly Day.
The event, which was hosted by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, is held each year to give county commissioners and other county officials the opportunity to talk to state leaders about issues affecting their communities. Among other things, counties discussed the need for public school facility funding, fast and reliable internet access for under-served areas of North Carolina, and providing flexibility to publish required public notices through electronic means.
As part of County Assembly Day, county commissioners visited legislative offices to meet with members of their delegation and advocate on behalf of counties. Legislators also joined county commissioners for lunch on the Halifax Mall lawn outside the General Assembly to strengthen their relationships and continue the dialogue on county issues.
Representative Lee Zachary met with the Yadkin County delegation to discuss pending legislative changes that would impact the County, such as SB594 that would regionalize Social Services in 2022.
The event kicked off with remarks from Governor Roy Cooper, who emphasized the importance of empowering local leaders to make local decisions. He discussed his goals to bring jobs to the state, expand broadband access, and help local communities invest in water and sewer and other infrastructure projects. The governor also stressed the need for the state and local government to work together to ensure North Carolina can compete in the global economy. He said that education must be the focal point of that effort and that having a highly trained workforce is instrumental in attracting businesses to North Carolina.
NCACC’s top legislative goal this year is providing reliable funding for public school facilities. School districts all across the state are in need of facility improvements and additions, as well as new facilities to meet the educational needs of our children.
Counties also heard from House Majority Leader John Bell, who shared his insight on the budget process. He commended commissioners for engaging with legislators and welcomed new ideas to address complex challenges facing the state such as aging infrastructure and school construction needs. In addition, prominent Democratic and Republican political strategists, Morgan Jackson and Paul Shumaker, and NCACC leaders discussed the latest political developments affecting counties.