New state laws in new year alter campaigns, taxes – ABC 11

RALEIGH — More than 20 new laws taking effect Wednesday in North Carolina will lower income tax rates, relax some campaign finance rules and increase charges for electric vehicle owners.

Significant portions of the tax and elections overhaul bills approved by the Republican-led General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory will be implemented starting with the new year.

» Click here for the full list of 2013 legislation with effective dates (.pdf) «

The tax changes don’t apply to 2013 individual income tax returns filed by millions early in the new year. But moving ahead the law consolidates three personal income tax rates of 6, 7 and 7.75 percent into one flat rate of 5.8 percent in 2014. Many deductions, exemptions and credits also are going away as the standard deductions for filers more than double. (More)

Princeville NC: New regime setting new tone for Princeville – Daily Southerner

Response: It is great to see the commissioners coming together and be able to sit to the table being able to agree to disagree in a civil manner. Obviously it was brought to the table about meeting before the actual meeting and I agree that would be a good thing. One reason they could meet and talk about what is on the agenda and if any commissioner has something that they want to bring to the table they could discuss it and when they get to the actual meeting they could go in and have a good meeting. Just my opinion. I see there will not be any funds to hire a town manager in January but I hope that will happen soon. The town manager is the key to the city any city because they manage the town making sure the town is financially sound. The commissioners is somewhat an overseer of the town but again the town manager is a hired person to make sure the town provide for the citizens. Princeville new mayor and new commissioners on the road to a new beginning.

PRINCEVILLE — PRINCEVILLE — In an effort to start on the right foot, the board of commissioners met Monday at the town hall during a retreat to go over a few house rules and to discuss plans for selecting members for town boards and committees.

The 5:30 p.m. meeting lasted a little over an hour with all the board members sometime laughing out loud — a gesture that has not been seen in at least four years.

"I really enjoyed this (meeting)," said Commissioner Gwen Knight who is serving a second term. "This is the first time in a long time that I came here and laughed and agreed." (More)