AN ACT TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TOOLS FOR THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION TO ASSIST LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS AVOID AND CORRECT FISCAL DISTRESS THAT REQUIRES THAT THE IMPACT OF CHANGES TO SALES TAX DISTRIBUTION FORMULAS BE DELAYED UNTIL THE FISCAL YEAR FOLLOWING THE INITIAL DECISION; TO MANDATE THAT A STATEMENT FROM THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION BE INCLUDED IN THE PETITION TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WHEN A NEW MUNICIPALITY IS PROPOSED; TO ADD OPTIONAL SOURCES FOR TRAINING FOR FINANCE OFFICERS; TO ALLOW THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION TO MANDATE SPECIALIZED TRAINING FOR CITY AND COUNTY MANAGERS WHEN A UNIT IS EXHIBITING FISCAL DISTRESS; TO ESTABLISH A PROCESS FOR A MUNICIPALITY TO INITIATE A TRANSITION TO RECOVER FROM FINANCIAL DISTRESS; AND TO ESTABLISH A PROCESS FOR THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION TO TRANSFER THE ASSETS, LIABILITIES, AND OTHER OBLIGATIONS AND DISSOLVE MUNICIPALITIES DETERMINED TO BE IN FINANCIAL DISTRESS.
House committee substitute to the 4th edition makes the following changes.
Makes technical changes to refer to the Local Government Commission by full name throughout proposed GS 153A-82(9) (concerning counties) and GS 160A-148(9) (concerning cities), which require county and city managers to receive specified education upon certain occurrences.
Effective July 1, 2021, amends GS 161-8, replacing the content of the statute to now provide that the register of deeds must be present in the office on a full-time schedule (previously, the schedule was fixed by the county board of commissioners). Establishes that, except for official State holidays, the office of the register of deeds must be open for business Monday through Friday, at least 40 hours per week. Prohibits the office from closing before 5:00 p.m. and requires accepting instruments and documents for filing until that time. Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.