Most Agree That Reforming the NC Tier System is Necessary, But How?

Most Agree That Reforming the NC Tier System is Necessary, But How?

Most Agree That Reforming the NC Tier System is Necessary, But How?

Chatham News & Record, March 23, 2020

Since its creation in 1996, North Carolina’s Tier system has been the primary methodology by which state resources are allocated to communities based on economic need. In the more than two decades since then, however; data tools and interpretation have grown more sophisticated. In the second of a two-part series on the Tier system, local and regional leaders weigh in on possible avenues for reforming the system. Among the models is the Opportunity Zone program, which was launched as part of the federal tax reform legislation in late 2017. The zones incentivize development in the nation’s most distressed census tracts. The Tier system, in contrast, gauges wealth and poverty on a county-by-county basis, leaving some struggling municipalities caught at the poorer end of Tier 3 counties ineligible for key grant programs like the IDF-Utility Account.

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