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AUGUST 4 , 2008
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Monday, August 4, 2008, 9:30 a.m.
Robert E. Hibbitts Meeting Room, 1924 Courthouse
30 North College Avenue, Newton, NC

1. Call to Order.

2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

3. Invocation.

4. Approval of the Minutes from the regular meeting and closed session of Monday, July 21, 2008.

5. Recognition of Special Guests.

6. Public Comment for items not on the agenda.

7. Presentation:

Update on North Carolina’s Ethic Rules and Laws Governing Lobbying Efforts. Presented by Jack L. Cozort of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice, PLLC.

8. Appointments.

9. Other Items of business.

Legislative Update. Presented by Lee Worsley, Assistant County Manager.

10. Attorneys’ Report.

11. Manager’s Report.

12. Adjournment.

Individuals needing assistance should contact the County Clerk at 465-8990 within a reasonable time prior to the meeting. A telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD) is located in the Government Center and can be reached by dialing 465 8200. Access to the 1924 Courthouse for individuals with disabilities is at the south side (“A” Street). The elevator is located at the north end of the building. Participation in public meetings is without regard to race, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, color, or disability.

The Catawba County Telephone Information System will allow you to use your touch tone telephone to obtain current information on Catawba County 24 hours a day. Information is updated on a regular basis. Dial 465-8468 and INFOTALK will direct your questions with easy to understand instructions. Reach Catawba County on the Internet at http://www.catawbacountync.gov.

The next Board of Commissioners Meeting will take place on Monday, August 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Meeting Room of the Government Center in Newton.


MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2008, 9:30 A.M.

The Catawba County Board of Commissioners will receive reports on North Carolina ethics rules and laws governing lobbying, and on the recently completed Short Session of the North Carolina General Assembly and the status of the Board's state legislative agenda, when the Board meets at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 4, 2008, at the 1924 Courthouse at 30 North College Avenue in Newton.

The Board will receive a report from Mr. Jack L. Cozort of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice, PLLC, of Raleigh, North Carolina, who serves as the county’s lobbyist, on the State of North Carolina’s ethics rules and laws that govern lobbying efforts.

The Board will receive an update from Assistant County Manager Lee Worsley on the “Short Session” of the North Carolina General Assembly that ended on July 18, 2008, and on progress toward the Board’s State Legislative Goals for fiscal years 2007-08 and 2008-2009. He is expected to report on the goals which were met or partially met, including an increase in the Homestead Exclusion to provide property tax relief for senior citizens and the permanently disabled, which is expected to receive full consideration in the General Assembly in 2009; flexible revenue options to avoid future property tax increases; a fairer distribution in the school capital fund formula applied to lottery proceeds; additional child care subsidies funding; reestablishment of Juvenile Crime Prevention Council funding; opposition to an unfunded mandate requiring counties to pay for the implementation of Administrative Office of Courts phone systems in courthouses; opposition to a reduction in the property tax base, which would have placed more burden on property taxpayers; and additional strengthening of interbasin transfer rules.

Mr. Worsley is also expected to outline the Board’s goals that were not accomplished in the Short Session; including opposition to a $2 per ton Solid Waste disposal tax; an exemption from State sales tax for purchases made by local school systems; an end to cuts to reimbursement levels for Medicaid services and the return of reimbursement levels that reflect actual costs; an increase in reimbursement rates for local government legal work related to in rem foreclosures; an increase in funding to support mental health care in jails; the return of funding for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program to 1996 levels; changes to the required start date for public school systems, to no earlier than August 25; and increases in funding for the on-going maintenance of North Carolina’s secondary roads system, under the North Carolina Department of Transportation Secondary Roads Program.



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