The 2020 Powell Bill Program will begin on July 1, 2020.
In preparation, we suggest that you take a moment to go to the Enterprise Business Services website (https://www.ebs.nc.gov/irj/portal) to ensure that your able log in without any issues. It is possible that your account went inactive if you haven't logged in for a while. If you are unable to log in or have forgotten your password, please contact the DOT-IT SAP (EBS) Support Services staff on 919-707-2208.
Once you log in, keep in mind you won't be able to do anything until July 1, the opening date for Powell Bill.
This is also a good time to send us any updates to your staff; adding or removing anyone from the system as well as updating contact information. If you have staff changes, please email us at NCDOT_PowellBill@ncdot.gov.
The Powell Bill Reporting System will open on July 1st and you will have until July 22nd to complete the Certified Statement and attach the necessary documentation.
The Powell Bill allocations are made to incorporated municipalities which establish their eligibility and qualify per North Carolina General Statute 136-41.1 through 136-41.4. Annually, State Street-Aid (Powell Bill) allocations are made to incorporated municipalities which establish their eligibility and qualify as provided by G.S. 136-41.1 through 136-41.4. https://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/ByChapter/Chapter_136.html
Important Dates to Remember
•Certified Statement, street listing, certified Powell Bill map, and add/delete sheet (if applicable) are due between July 1st and July 21st of each year.
Powell Bill Expenditures Report is statutorily due
by August 1st of each year.
• Municipal Street Fiscal Data Report is due by December 1st of each year.
and the new Session 2017-57, SENATE BILL 257 requires that a sum of $147,500,000 be disbursed to the qualifying municipalities for FY-2017-2018 and FY 2018-2019.
The statutes also provide that funds be disbursed to the qualified municipalities on or before October 1st and January 1st, thereby allowing sufficient time after the end of the fiscal year for verification of information and to determine the proper allocations and preparation of disbursements. Powell Bill funds shall be expended primarily for the purposes of resurfacing streets within the corporate limits of the municipality but may also used for maintaining, repairing, constructing, reconstructing or widening of any street or public thoroughfare within the municipal limits or for planning, construction, and maintenance of bikeways, greenways or sidewalks.
Session 2017-57 SENATE BILL 257 states: ....."The funds allocated to cities and towns under the provisions of G.S. 136-41.2 shall not be expended for the construction of a sidewalk into which is built a mailbox, utility pole, fire hydrant, or other similar obstruction that would impede the clear passage of pedestrians on the sidewalk....
Failure to File. – A municipality that fails to file the statement required under
subsection (b) of this section by October 1 is
ineligible to receive funds allocated on October 1 under G.S. 136-41.1 or G.S. 136-41.2 for the fiscal year in which the municipality failed to file the statement. A municipality that fails to file the statement required under subsection (b) of this section by January 1 is ineligible to receive funds allocated under G.S. 136-41.1 or G.S. 136-41.2 for the fiscal year in which the municipality failed to file the statement.
House Bill 200, Session Law 2019-250,Page 13
SECTION 5.4.(a) S.L. 2019-231 is amended by adding a new section to read:
"ADDITIONAL POWELL BILL FUNDS FOR SMALLER MUNICIPALITIES
SECTION 4.4A. The additional sum of seven million three hundred seventy-five thousand dollars ($7,375,000) in recurring funds appropriated in this act for the 2020-2021 fiscal year to the Department of Transportation for the Powell Bill Program (Fund Code 7836) shall be allocated in accordance with the requirements of G.S. 136-41.1(a) only to municipalities with a population of 200,000 or less according to the most recent federal decennial census completed as of the effective date of this section. Nothing in this section shall be construed as (i) prohibiting municipalities eligible for funds under this section from being eligible for recurring funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Transportation for the State Aid–Powell Bill Fund or (ii) otherwise modifying the allocation of recurring funds appropriated in this act to the Department of Transportation for the State Aid–Powell Bill Fund."
SECTION 5.4.(b) If House Bill 966, 2019 Regular Session, becomes law, Section 40.4 of that act is repealed.