Government Affairs Update

Troi Bachmann, Joint Government Affairs Director, HBAWS & WSRAR

Government Affairs Local Update 


From the Desk of Troi Bachmann
Joint Government Affairs Director 


Forsyth County Sewer Tie-Ins: An exploratory committee consisting of City-County Utility and Inspections staff, plumbers, utility contractors, and developers has been formed to find a solution to problematic sewer tie-ins across Forsyth County. If you would like to contribute, please contact Troi at tbachmann@ncrealtors.org.

Forsyth County System Development Fees:

At the January 14 Utility Commission meeting, the Commissioners voted to delay implementation of System Development Fees until May 1, 2019. The fees will likely be rolled out at 50% from May to July, and then 100% starting July 1. At the last Quarterly Development Forum, the Utility raised the question of if the fees could be subsidized in some way based on cost of the home. Discussions are continuing on this topic.

Insurance Rate Increase:

In the last days of 2018, the North Carolina Rate Bureau presented a request to state Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey to increase homeowners’ insurance rates an average of 17.4%. This is the second rate increase in two years. Any rate increase will negatively impact the state’s real estate industry as just a few percentage points increase in insurance rates can mean hundreds of dollars in additional costs borne by homeowners. Insurance Commissioner has set a hearing to examine the request for September 4, 2019.

SAVE THE DATE for NCHBA Legislative Days:

This year, NCHBA Legislative Meetings will occur May 21-22 in Raleigh, NC! Come advocate for your industry with your fellow HBA members from across the state.

  • HBAWS Legislative Day Information Session: Troi will host a brief information session about what to expect at Legislative Day on May 8 from 1 PM – 2 PM at the HBAWS Office. Come learn about your legislators and talking points for meetings!

Forsyth County UDO Update: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning will be working in the next year to make updates to the Unified Development Ordinances. These updates are intended to make the UDO more user-friendly.  You can find an initial draft of the Code Assessment here, and more information about the project here.

Forsyth County GeoData: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County are in the process of moving away from the old GeoData platform. GIS Information can now be found at http://mapforsyth.org/.

Work Ready Forsyth: Forsyth County has applied to become an ACT certified Work Ready Community, which is a program aimed at linking workforce development with education and providing for the unmet labor needs of local employers. The certification process is a two-part system: the first aims to have individuals receive National Career Readiness Credentials and demonstrate an aptitude for workplace skills, and the second part is to have businesses in the community recognize this is a credential that can be used in hiring practices. Find out more about the program here.

Troi Bachmann | Local Government Affairs Director NC REALTORS®

Mail:  4511 Weybridge Ln | Greensboro, NC 27407

Telephone: Office 336.808.4233 | Mobile 336.491.1316
www.ncrealtors.org

Tax Assessment Savings – HBA Benefits

HBA Members:

Recently, I  received a property tax assessment for an inventory home we have under construction. The home will sell for $800k, so you can imagine the tax bill could be high on this one. Fortunately, we had done the proper paper work to request a lower assessment based on the builder inventory bill that the NCHBA got passed in the General Assembly.

Instead of an assessment of $588,0000, we received a correct assessment of $85,000 – Lot value. The  saving in tax is $5505 on this one house! I have paid my HBA membership for 10 years on the savings from this one house.

Be sure to share your own stories of how the HBA has benefitted you and your business when talking with other members. There is so much that we benefit from that ultimately benefits the home owner. Without the NCHBA at work in Raleigh, I would have a very different tax bill today.

Be proud of the team you are on!

Alan

Alan C. Banks, Evans Coghill Homes
2018 President – NC Home Builders Association