CSAC Sponsors, Endorses Policy Resolutions at NACo Conference
July 18, 2019
After serving as NACo president for the past year, San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox passed the role of the association’s top leader to Douglas County (NE) Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson, who was sworn in as president on July 15. Rounding out the NACo leadership team for the 2019-2020 term are First Vice President Gary Moore (judge/executive of Boone County, KY) and newly elected Second Vice President Larry “LJ” Johnson (commissioner, DeKalb County, GA).
In other developments, several CSAC-sponsored and supported policy resolutions were approved by NACo during the annual meeting, including a resolution that expresses support for direct federal funding to local governments for the improvement and maintenance of local road and bridge infrastructure.
Another transportation related resolution co-sponsored by CSAC urges Congress to amend federal law to allow entities receiving Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief (ER) funding to have six years to advance a project(s) to the construction stage. The impetus for the resolution is a recent Federal Highway Administration decision to deny ER time-extension requests for a significant number of California county-sponsored ER projects.
In addition, NACo approved a CSAC-endorsed resolution urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development to withdraw its proposed policy affecting mixed-immigration status families. The proposal would reverse three decades of law and policy which allow mixed immigration status families to live together, even if an individual is not otherwise eligible for a federal housing subsidy.
The current practice of prorating the subsidy to account for ineligible individuals would be replaced with a policy to evict the entire household within 18 months, if an ineligible individual lives with the family. CSAC is concerned that this policy could lead to housing instability or homelessness, a prospect that would ultimately shift costs to counties.