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Initial Reports: Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program NOT Included in FY2014 Omnibus Measure

Posted Date: 
January 13, 2014
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

NACo to Hold National Conference Call Today at 6:00pm EST

Urgent Action Needed on PILT

County officials should immediately contact both their Senators and House Members and urge swift Congressional action to secure full mandatory funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program – either in the FY2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill or another legislative vehicle.

NACo/Nationwide Scholarship Open for Applications

Posted Date: 
January 13, 2014
Contact: 
Linda W. Barber, Managing Director, Nationwide Retirement Solutions

The NACo/Nationwide Scholarship application process is open!  A link is now on NRSforu.com, on the right hand side, under "Latest Headlines".  You will find an orange circle with a graduation cap next to the headline "NACo Scholarship".  Applicants should click on "Learn More", which will take them to the criteria and the link to the application.  Applications will be accepted through March 2nd.

U.S. Economic Recovery Remains Uneven, Fragile Across Counties

Posted Date: 
January 13, 2014
Contact: 
Jim Philipps, Media Relations Manager, National Association of Counties

NACo analysis of county economies shows counties face challenges ahead

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. economic growth continued last year for the 3,069 county economies, but the recovery remained uneven and fragile, according to an analysis of four economic performance indicators by the National Association of Counties (NACo). As a result of the fragile and uneven recovery, many counties are continuing to struggle with their budgets, meet financial obligations and provide essential public services.

The National Association of Counties Joins Senators in Capitol Hill Press Conference to Support Flood Insurance Affordability Bill

Posted Date: 
January 8, 2014
Contact: 
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

On January 7, NACo President Linda Langston (commissioner, Linn County, Iowa) and NACo Second Vice President Sallie Clark (commissioner, El Paso County, Colo.) participated in a bipartisan press conference in the U.S. Capitol on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, S. 1846. This measure, introduced in December in response to the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12), would delay certain premium increases required by BW-12 until the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) can complete an affordability study and Congress can consider the recommendations of that study.

Update on Biggert-Waters/FEMA Flood Insurance Legislation

Posted Date: 
January 7, 2014
Contact: 
Deborah Cox, Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

This week, the Senate is expected to vote on the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, S. 1846 (introduced by Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Isakson (R-GA).  This legislation delays for four years certain premium increases put forth in the Biggert-Waters Act until FEMA can complete its affordability study and Congress can consider the recommendations of the study—basically directing that Congress and FEMA should understand the ramifications of the Biggert-Waters Act before implementing it.  If this legislation is not implemented, homeowners and business owners across America will see dramatic, unaffordable flood insurance premium increases.  There are currently 27 cosponsors.

2014 Standard Mileage Rates Announced

Posted Date: 
December 6, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2014 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

EPA Offers Funding to Reduce Pollution from Diesel Engines

Posted Date: 
November 20, 2013
Contact: 
Julia Valentine, US EPA (News Media Only)

Eligible applicants for this funding opportunity include regional, state, local or tribal agencies or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality.  Private entities that operate non-road construction equipment under a contract or lease with a public entity are also eligible to apply.  Applicants must operate their equipment in areas of poor air quality, and a full list of eligible counties is at: http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/documents/2013-construction-county-list.pdf.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made available $2 million in funding for rebates to help public and private construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel construction engines. The rebates will reduce harmful pollution and improve air quality in local areas.

NACo Releases New Presentation on the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Program

Posted Date: 
October 31, 2013
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

This week NACo is releasing a new publication on the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. The presentation was developed in an effort to continue educating policymakers, county officials and the public about the unique nature of PILT, its history, and why PILT funding matters to over 1,850 counties in 49 states. PILT provides payments to counties and other local governments to offset losses in tax revenues due to the presence of tax-exempt federal land in their jurisdictions.

NACo's First Ever Cyber Security Publication is Now Available

Posted Date: 
October 1, 2013

Under the leadership of NACo Immediate Past President Chris Rodgers, NACo continues its commitment to educating, preparing, and connecting county leaders with the tools and resources they need to prevent and mitigate the effects of a cyber-attack.

Congress Approves One-Year Extension of Secure Rural Schools Program

Posted Date: 
September 30, 2013
Contact: 
Ryan Yates, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties

Last week the U.S. Congress passed legislation to extend Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding to counties and schools for an additional year (with payments disbursed to counties and schools in January of 2014). The funding was attached to the Helium Stewardship Act (H.R. 527)—which reauthorizes the sale of U.S. Helium reserves—and was approved by a margin of 97-2 in the U.S. Senate and unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives. SRS funding continues to be a top priority for the National Association of Counties.