The City of Mebane received a grand total of $360,334.19 in State Street Aid Allocations for its 2019-20 budget as part of the North Carolina State Highway Fund under the Powell Bill. State Street-Aid (Powell Bill) allocations are made to incorporated municipalities that establish their eligibility and qualify as provided by North Carolina General Statutes.
Mebane received $268,017.89 this year based on its 2018 population, which was estimated at 13,850, and an additional $92,316.30 incremental award based on 58 miles of municipal non-state system streets deemed eligible for funding within the city limits at an average per mile rate of $1,590.84. The city received $180,167.10 in October as part of its twice-annual payment from the state.
According to information provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the North Carolina general statutes require that an appropriation of funds by the General Assembly to the Department of Transportation for State aid to municipalities from the State Highway Fund. In 2019, the North Carolina State Highway Fund is reporting allocations of more than $147.5 million statewide.
According to information provided by the NCDOT, these funds are distributed to the qualified municipalities in two allocations: on or before October 1 and on or before January 1, and are to be expended primarily for the purposes of resurfacing streets within the corporate limits of the municipality but may also be used for maintaining, repairing, constructing, reconstructing, or widening of local streets that are the responsibility of the municipalities, in addition to the planning, construction, and maintenance of bike ways, greenways, or sidewalks.
Each municipality establishes its eligibility annually by submitting, to the Department of
Transportation, a Certified Statement, Street Listing and a Certified Powell Bill Map. The map is required if changes have been made to the municipality’s corporate limits or if the mileage has changed. In addition, each municipality is statutorily required to submit a financial statement of expenditures and revenues for the preceding fiscal year.