December 2016

Infrastructure Among NACo 2017 National Policy Priorities



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NACo’s Board of Directors adopted 8 national policy priorities during their fall meeting held December 8-10 in Leon County, Fla., home to NACo President Bryan Desloge.

Infrastructure-Related Policies

Protect the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds

NACo supports preserving the federal deductibility of local property and income taxes and the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds that provide critical funding for public facilities, infrastructure and development. Provisions such as the tax exemption for municipal bond interest have been part of the federal tax code for more than 100 years, helping to efficiently and safely finance trillions of dollars in public works projects.

Promote county surface transportation priorities

NACo will work to ensure that any transportation and infrastructure measures reflect county priorities, including allocating more funding for locally owned infrastructure, increasing local decision-making authority, prioritizing investments that increase economic development, mobility and safety.  NACo will also continue to urge Congress to resolve the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.

Work for a more effective definition of "Waters of the US"

NACo believes that local streets, gutters and human-made ditches should be excluded from the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) under the federal Clean Water Act. NACo calls on Congress to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the new WOTUS rule and rewrite it in consultation and collaboration with state and local governments.

Support the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) 

NACo supports restoring full mandatory funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which compensates counties for tax-exempt federal land within their boundaries. NACo also supports extending the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program as a transitional funding mechanism until the federal government fully implements a sustainable long-term forest management program with adequate revenue sharing for forest counties and schools.

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