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A Look at North Carolina’s Constitutional Public Purpose Requirement

January 7, 2010

In a post describing the recently enacted legislation that (potentially) authorizes North Carolina local governments to establish revolving loan funds or impose special assessments in order to finance energy efficiency improvements and distributed generation renewable energy sources permanently affixed to private … Continued

Disclosing Utility Customer Billing Information

November 11, 2009

May a local government or public authority that provides utility or public enterprise services disclose its customer billing information in each of the following scenarios?  (a)  A customer’s relative wants to know if the customer is delinquent on his utility payments; … Continued

Transfers between an Enterprise Fund and the General Fund

October 26, 2009

Many local government officials, reticent to increase their unit’s property tax or other tax rates, look to alternative revenue sources to support general government services and activities. One potential source of revenue is that generated from the fees and charges … Continued

Assessing Surcharges on Credit Card Payments

October 19, 2009

UPDATE August 2013: For more recent information on this topic, click here. True or False — State law prohibits a local government or public authority from assessing surcharges on customers who remit payment of taxes, assessments, or fees by credit … Continued