On August 27, the Task Force on Local Government Mandate Review met to discuss and approve its final recommendations to the Governor.
The Task Force is charged with reviewing state mandates imposed on localities, and makes recommendations to the Governor with respect to regulations that are overly burdensome or unnecessary. The five members are local elected officials or administrators who serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
At the meeting, the Task Force discussed the need to protect local governments’ ability to raise revenue noting that the Commonwealth should not eliminate any local taxing authority without providing a replacement taxing authority of equal or greater value.
The Task Force also recommended to eliminate the State’s capture of local fines and forfeitures, fully fund and improve the administration of the Line of Duty Act, fully fund the cost of rebenchmarking the Standards of Quality, provide for the first day of introduction of legislation with a local fiscal impact and to enhance coordination between the workforce system and K-12 education.
The Task Force discussed the impacts of the stormwater, erosion and sediment control program on local governments and recommended that the upcoming state budget include adequate funding for the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to oversee the program and provide training to localities.
Other recommendations included state assistance for local police departments (HB 599), support local ability to adopt policies regarding body worn cameras and to not place mandates on local government utility operations.
VACo worked closely with the Task Force to spotlight these mandates of concern and appreciates the counties who participated in the Task Force meetings. Click here to view a detailed list of priority recommendations put forward to the task force by VACo and VML.
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VACo Contact: Beau Blevins