McGrady receives 2015 Friend of the Counties Award
Former Henderson County Commissioner Chuck McGrady, in his third term in the North Carolina House of Representatives, was named winner of the 2015 Friend of the Counties Award by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners during its 108th Annual Conference in Pitt County.
First-term House member Rep. Howard Hunter III also received the award.
McGrady was honored for continuing to represent the interests of counties during his term in the General Assembly, according to a news release from the NCACC.
McGrady served on the NCACC Board of Directors before he was elected to the legislature. He is currently the co-chair of the County Caucus, which is a formally recognized group of former county commissioners and others interested in county government who currently serve in the General Assembly. The County Caucus meets to discuss issues of importance to counties that are being considered by the legislature.
“He has been a strong advocate for counties since he joined the legislature,” NCACC President Ronnie Beale said in the release. “He helps keep other legislators informed about how legislation could impact counties. He has truly been a Friend of the Counties.”
McGrady is sponsor of a bill that would accomplish several NCACC legislative goals, including H430, County Omnibus Bill. The bill would reconstitute the State Payment in Lieu of Taxes Study Commission, direct the Revenue Laws Study Commission to study exempting previously taxable properties from tax bases, and direct the Environmental Review Commission to study a statewide approach to aquatic weed control and funding.
In accepting the award, McGrady noted that his legislative colleagues sometimes chide him for not remembering that he’s no longer a county commissioner.
“What I say to that is that we as legislators need to remember that counties are how the state delivers its services, and we need to show more deference to decisions made by county commissioners,” McGrady is quoted as saying in the release. “It is a great honor to be recognized for my work by the N.C. Association of County Commissioners.”
The Friend of the Counties Award was created to encourage non-county persons and organizations to take significant actions that advance the interests of counties and the association. Any person or organization in North Carolina or the United States who or which is not directly associated with North Carolina county government or the NCACC is eligible for the award.
Previous winners of the award include Sen. Jim Davis, Cooperative Extension Services from N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University, and the Local Government Federal Credit Union.
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