Government Relations Committee

  • Meets:  3rd Tuesday of each month at 8:30AM at the Tammy's Place at 239 Hwy 158 in Littleton, NC 27850
  • Email:  GovernmentRelations@lakegastonassoc.com
  • Chair:  Don Carson  -  (252) 257-6571

 

Committee Mission Statement / Function

Mission...
 

Political liaison; insures that county commissioners and state representatives are kept informed about LGA activities; attends commissioners’/supervisors’ meetings, expresses LGA views, and reports to LGA on matters that could impact the Lake community at the county, state and federal level. Interacts with Homeowner Associations of Lake Gaston subdivisions.

 

Primary Function...
 

Sets forth initiatives to have an LGA representative at each of the five county commissioner/supervisor and other monthly meetings. Develops Focus/Position Papers that represent the view of members across the two-state, five county Lake area. Assists property owners by addressing problems of a lake-wide nature related to violations of county ordinances such as: zoning issues, noise problems, use of property, fire hazards, etc. Alerts LGA Board of any activity deemed to impact the well being of Lake Gaston residents. Facilitates voter education by holding “Meet the Candidate” Forums prior to primary and general elections, and encourages voter registration through informational articles in bi-monthly LGA Bulletins.

 

The Government Relations Committee is a non-partisan activity that focuses on monitoring and interacting with our local and, to some extent, state governments. Our common goal is to represent the interests of our membership on matters that affect the Lake Gaston area.

 

You can help by joining us at our monthly meetings or by volunteering a small amount of your time. For example, members can attend a local county Commissioner/Supervisors meeting and witness your government in action. It only takes an evening a month or less (we can switch off with other members) and can be very interesting.

 

Current Projects

Update of activities for the Government Relations Committee ...

The Government Relations Committee is actively involved with an issue in Warren County. Warren County is the only county around the lake that doesn’t have County-wide zoning. Property owners in zoned neighborhoods on the lake can be negatively affected by activities on nearby unzoned land. We are keeping members apprised of the situation via email.

 

We urge members to voice their opinions on this topic to their local Commissioners. You can also show your support by attending public meetings on the subject. Large numbers of citizens can have a strong impact on county decisions. The next public meeting for Warren County will be in December at Armory in Warrenton, watch for an update.

 

With Fall upon us, we have begun planning for activities for the coming year. One of the annual events our Committee conducts is the 5 County Forum. This forum will be held on March 14, 2019 and brings together County Managers/ Administrators and local Board of Supervisors (VA)/Board of Commissioners (NC) for a morning of presentations and discussions of interest to those of us around the lake. It is a unique opportunity for our local officials from all 5 counties around the lake to get together. Members and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting.

 

 

 

COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT INSURANCE RATING
Halifax Littleton 6
Littleton Rural 6
Northampton Roanoke-Wildwood (F60) 6
Roanoke-Wildwood (F61) 6
Warren Churchill Five Forks 6
Ebony 9
Lake Gaston 9
Littleton 6
Longbridge 7
Roanoke-Wildwood 6
Brunswick Ebony 9
Gasburg 9
Mecklenburg Lake Gaston 9
Palmer Springs 9

 

A few fire departments are listed more than once, because those fire departments provide services across county lines. If your property is more than 1,000 feet from a working fire hydrant, then the insurance rating will be considered a 9. Tax rates for North Carolina counties can be found on the annual tax bill sent to all property owners. In Virginia, funding for fire departments is provided through state and county funds, so a tax rate is not established by each county.

 

Latest News

Planning is being completed for this year's Five County Forum. We bring together the County Managers and local Commissioners and Supervisors for a morning-long exchange of information. It is a good opportunity to learn about lake issues and also a chance to meet and chat with some of the folks who run your County government. The Forum is planned for the morning of March 14, 2019 at the Lake Gaston Lion’s Club, 139 Stanley Rd, Henrico, NC 27842. It begins at 9 a.m. and will run to noon.

 

Also, this is the time of year that the Government Relations committee prepares budget letters for each of the five counties. The letters are tailored for each county government and request specific budget items that should be included or limited in the upcoming FY 2019-2020 budget process. These letters are read and distributed by an LGA director in the comment period at a Commissioner/Supervisor meeting starting in March thru April, in order for our suggestions to be considered in their budget preparations.

 

The committee continues to attend county Board of Commissioners (in NC) and Board of Supervisors (in VA) meetings around the lake and send reports out to our members.

 

The Government Relations Committee is a non-partisan activity that focuses on monitoring and interacting with our local and, to some extent, state governments. Our common goal is to represent the interests of our membership on matters that affect the Lake Gaston area.

 

We think the Lake Gaston area is a great place to visit and live. If you agree, you can help by joining us at our monthly meetings or by volunteering a small amount of your time. For example, members can attend a local county Commissioner/Supervisors meeting and witness your government in action. It only takes an evening a month or less (we can switch off with other members) and can be very interesting.

 


 

The dust has settled and the County budgets have been approved for FY2018-2019. The local county fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. During the budget building process, the LGA provided inputs to all five counties. The information below is our annual posting for each county of the total budget, the ad valorem tax rate, and funding to the Lake Gaston Weed Control Council for noxious weed control.

 

COUNTY TOTAL BUDGET (1) TAX RATE PER $100 (2) HYDRILLA FUNDING
Halifax $ 43,238,988 $9.77 + $0.10 Halifax Co. School System Tax $58K
Northampton $ 32,973,679 $0.92 $100K
Warren $ 30,882,258 $0.79 $116K
Brunswick $ 45,925,859 $0.53 $90K
Mecklenburg $104,849,126 $0.42 $116K

 

(1) Note that Virginia counties are funded differently than North Carolina counties, which results in higher budget totals, but lower ad valorem tax rates.

 

(2) Northampton & Mecklenburg counties maintained the same ad valorem tax rate. Halifax went down 1 cent. Brunswick went up 1 cent. Warren went from $0.76 – 0.79 in order to correct a miscalculation in the revenue neutral rate following the revaluation of real property. During a revaluation year, the revenue neutral rate is calculated to generate the same amount of tax revenue from the prior year and provide a benchmark for citizens. The miscalculation resulted in a temporary tax break for citizens as well as a $1 million shortfall for the county. This increase of 3 cents will attain revenue neutral.

 

The Government Relations Committee is a non-partisan activity that focuses on monitoring and interacting with our local and, to some extent, state governments. Our common goal is to represent the interests of our membership on matters that affect the Lake Gaston area.

 

You can help by joining us at our monthly meetings or by volunteering a small amount of your time. For example, members can attend a local county Commissioner/Supervisors meeting and witness your government in action. It only takes an evening a month or less (we can switch off with other members) and can be very interesting.

 

Monthly Government Relations Committee meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at Tammy's Place in Littleton, NC. Come by, have a ham biscuit and cup of coffee and join us for an hour. Everyone is invited to participate and we won't make you do anything!

 

For more information, you may email governmentrelations@lakegastonassoc.com or call (252) 586-6577 or toll free (800) 586-6577.