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American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Local Government Authority to Expend their Allocations

April 6, 2021

On March 11, 2021, the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) became law. There is still a lot to be deciphered in this $1.9 trillion stimulus package; the third such major relief act since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We do know that the law includes substantial aid for state and loc … Continued

TDAs Eligible for PPPs

March 17, 2021

Translation: Tourism Development Authorities Now Authorized to Borrow Money Through the Federal Paycheck Protection Program A Tourism Development Authority (TDA) is a local government entity that is typically created by a county or municipality to administer and expend local occupancy tax proceeds t … Continued

Taxes In Troubling Times

May 18, 2020

Tax administration is obviously not at the top of any local government’s list of pandemic concerns.   But social distancing and other remedial measures made necessary by this public health crisis are creating some unusual challenges for tax offices, and some of those challenges relate to community a … Continued

Using Federal Coronavirus Relief Funds for Small Business Support

May 11, 2020

On May 6, 2020, the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management delivered a letter to counties with the amount of federal funds that will be distributed to each county from the “Coronavirus Relief Fund” (CRF) pursuant to the federal CARES Act. Guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury D … Continued

Emergency Funds for Small Businesses

April 17, 2020

As of April 2020, the full economic impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are still unknown. Millions of Americans have filed for unemployment compensation, and non-essential businesses have been forced to close. In the process, small business owners have been left wondering how to meet debt a … Continued

How North Carolina has used Community Development Block Grants to Fund Disaster Recovery Programs

April 3, 2020

This post is Part 2 of a two-part series explaining how Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) are administered in North Carolina and how they’ve been used to help rebuild communities affected by Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence. In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew … Continued

Local Government Emergency Loans for Small Businesses: Contracting with Financial Institutions for Loan Administration

March 25, 2020

The COVID-19 public health crisis is giving rise to an unprecedented economic crisis. Economic activity across the nation has slowed considerably, and many small businesses—which were operating successfully only one month ago—are now struggling to survive. As their bills pile up but no revenue comes … Continued

Local Government as Lender: Emergency Loans for Small Businesses

March 20, 2020

Economic activity can be disrupted by any number of unanticipated emergencies, ranging from natural disasters to virus outbreaks like COVID-19. When these events threaten the survival of small businesses, the owners may turn to government for assistance. One legal and effective way for a government … Continued

Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Recovery Funds (Part 1)

March 17, 2020

Along the eastern seaboard, the intensity and frequency of severe weather caused by tropical storm systems and hurricanes is expected to increase. Most recently in North Carolina, Hurricanes Matthew and Florence caused severe damage to private property and public infrastructure. As similar storms ar … Continued

Notice and Hearing Requirements for Economic Development Appropriations

November 21, 2019

Economic development appropriations pursuant to G.S. 158-7.1 have long required a properly-noticed public hearing prior to approval. When the appropriations involve business location incentives, the notice and hearing requirements take on constitutional significance as a result of North Carolina Sup … Continued