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Training Opportunity: Local Government Federal Credit Union FELLOWS

I know we typically only talk taxes and finances here on Death & Taxes, but I wanted to take the opportunity and let you all know about a dynamic and engaging leadership development opportunity through the School of Government.  The Local Government Leadership Credit Fellows program focuses on personal and organizational leadership skills and aims to develop the next generation of local government leaders.

Participants graduate with a deeper understanding of their individual leadership strengths, skills for improving their organizations, and a renewed passion for public service.

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The program is designed for managers, assistant managers, department heads, supervisors, and the like.

Applications are due May 19 and the program’s tuition is covered by scholarships from the Local Government Federal Credit Union.

For more details and directions on how to apply please visit the course page:

I hope you will consider applying!




Congratulations to our Tar Heels!

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Congratulations to our Tar Heels!  Why is this on Death & Taxes you ask?  Well…

Thank you to all of the Tar Heels who made their way to Franklin Street last night!

Thank you for coming to town and spending your sales tax dollars in Orange County!  Come back and snag a championship t-shirt!

So this is a great example of Orange County importing sales tax dollars (with over 9,000 in the Dean Dome and 55,000 on Franklin Street alone).  It also demonstrates some of the additional costs that come with enthusiastic non-residents!

“Chapel Hill officials already warned fans not to light bonfires on the street after the game, but by midnight fans already had three bonfires burning brightly in the intersection.  Also, by 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, young men had climbed street poles on at least three corners of the intersection and were standing on top of the walk/don’t walk signs…The streets were cleaned and reopened by 2:10 a.m. Tuesday.” (Article)


It all comes back to taxes…



Budgeting in Local Government Course

Registration is open for the School of Government’s Budgeting in Local Government course!

This is a great course that is designed for anyone who has responsibilities regarding local government budget preparation.  It also counts towards the Local Government Finance Officers Certification Program and the North Carolina Budget & Evaluation Officer Certification Program.

I am always excited to teach in this course, but I am particularly excited this year because Bill Rivenbark and I are co-directing it (before I take the reins next year).

Some of the topics include: economic development, tax efficiency and equity, financial condition analysis, revenue forecasting, citizen engagement, budgeting for schools, budgeting for enterprises, and the revenue-neutral property tax rate.

I hope to see some of you there this November!

Here is the link to register:

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