The Municipal Association’s 2021-2022 advocacy initiatives include:
- Amending the newly adopted broadband expansion law to allow cities and towns to not only lay fiber, but also light the fiber or partner with a third party to light it.
- Allowing cities and towns to close doughnut holes, or enclaves, in their municipal limits through a local annexation process.
Law enforcement reform
- Supporting reform measures to aspects of law enforcement training and duties.
- Requiring code enforcement liens be billed and collected similar to property taxes.
Abandoned buildings tax credits
- Extending the current abandoned buildings tax credit until 2026 to allow for additional local economic development incentives.
Local Government Fund
- Supporting the Local Government Fund to be funded in accordance with current law.
Firefighter Healthcare Benefit Plan
- Supporting money to be included in the state budget to fund the Firefighter Healthcare Benefit Plan.
- Supporting money to be included in the state budget to fund the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder programs for first responders.
- Allowing cities and towns with no property tax millage to impose a millage with certain limitations.
Municipal Capital Projects Penny
- Creating a Municipal Capital Projects penny tax for municipal residents to approve for capital projects within the city limits.
Expansion of naloxone
- Expanding the availability of naloxone, the medication used to revive individuals suffering from drug overdoses, to fire and emergency medical services first responders.
Textiles Communities Revitalization Act
- Amending the Textiles Communities Revitalization Act to include as one site those parts of abandoned mill properties that are separated by way of an intervening connector such as a railroad or waterway.