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Environmental Infrastructure Programs under the Omnibus Budget Bill

March 27, 2018

On Friday, March 23, President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion FY 2018 spending bill that will fund the federal government through September 30.   This budget funds several environmental infrastructure programs that help communities pay for crucial services such as water and wastewater.  How did those … Continued

Taxing Toilet Paper —Wastewater Finance Savior or Regressive Burden?

June 24, 2014

Many government-owned wastewater systems in the United States are enterprise funds.  That is, they are business-like units within the overall government that should be self-sustaining, taking their revenue from the rates and fees charged to wastewater customers rather than from taxes.  Ideally, wast … Continued

When Community Water and Wastewater Utilities Sell Alot Less Water

January 25, 2011

Jeff Hughes is a Director of the School of Government’s Environmental Finance Center and a School of Government Faculty Member Fixed costs vs. variable costs. Fundamental concepts for any business owner concerned with developing accurate business plans, financial models, and pricing strategies. The … Continued

House Bill 1744 Modifies Water and Wastewater Funding Criteria

July 22, 2010

Suzanne Julian is UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration. She is currently working with the STEP leadership team in Pamlico County as part of the Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps program. A proposed law that affects water and wastewater infrastruct … Continued

Innovation vs. Routine and Systems vs. Symptoms

July 8, 2010

Suzanne Julian is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration. She is currently working with the STEP leadership team in Pamlico County as part of the Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps program. Archbishop Helder Pessoa Camara of Brazil is purported to … Continued

Wastewater Funding Coordination Proves Complex for Many Local Governments

July 1, 2010

Kendra Jensen is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration. She is currently working with the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments through the Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps (CERC) In an earlier post, Jeff Hughes, director of the Environmental Finance … Continued