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The issue is the extent to which individual elected local government officials can be held liable for voting for or approving an illegal or improper expenditure of public funds in North Carolina.
The North Carolina General Assembly requires state and local government to cooperatively fund and manage service and regulatory programs in public health, social services, mental health, and other areas. There is dispute over which entity is held liable when a citizen is injured by the negligent act of a local government employee administering such a program.
Some North Carolina state and local public officials enjoy immunity from personal liability for tors committed in the course of fulfilling their public duties. The reasons for protecting public officials are often at tension with the public policy underlying other rules.
The basic services and amenities of life depend upon good leadership and execution in the local government. The North Carolina General Assembly organizes and directs how local governments deliver these basic services. This issue of Insight examines how state government in North Carolina addresses local government concerns.
Each year, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners surveys local government officials. This article provides a summary of the survey and selected survey results from towns across North Carolina.