A strong voice for America's smaller communities
Washington D.C. advocacy for towns and townships across the country
How we got started
The National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) was formed more than 40 years ago to provide America’s smaller communities, towns and townships, and other suburban and rural localities a strong voice in Washington, DC. Eighty-five percent serve communities with less than 10,000 people and nearly half have fewer than 1,000 residents. Nearly one quarter of all Americans live in rural areas, approximately the same percentage as live in central cities
our purpose today
NATaT’s purpose today, as it was then, is to champion fair-share federal funding decisions and to promote legislative and regulatory policies designed to strengthen grassroots local government. Since 1976, NATaT’s staff and members have strived to educate lawmakers and other federal officials about the unique nature of small community government operations as well as the need for policies that meet the special needs of suburban and non-metro communities.
As the voice for nearly 10,000 towns and townships across America, NATaT has developed a proactive federal agenda to ensure that the needs and interests of small communities are reflected in all major federal statutory, regulatory, funding, and policy decisions made in Washington. The NATaT Board of Directors identified the topics listed under Legislative Priorities. NATaT is working in collaboration with the other local government associations, the Administration, and Congress to achieve these goals.
Board of Directors
Meet NATaT's leadership
Mr. David Sanko
Mr. Bryan Smith
Mr. Gerry Geist
Mr. Shirl Barnhart
Mr. Matthew DeTemple
Mr. Jim Fisher
Mr. Mike Koles
Mr. Larry Merrill
Mr. Gary Pedersen
Meet the NATaT professional team
News and Publications
Keep up with news from Washington and NATaT
As appropriations are in full gear, the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT) is gathering as many signatures as possible on a letter to Members of Congress. The letter urges your Representatives and Senators to oppose any legislation that will increase truck weight or length. Longer double-trailer trucks or heavier single-trailer trucks will reduce safety and[…]
NATaT recently joined the National Governors Association, the National Association of Counties, and others to form Americans Against Double Taxation, a coalition fighting to preserve the state and local tax deduction in tax reform. Last week, the coalition sent a joint letter to Congressional tax-writers urging them to preserve the state and local tax deduction[…]
As part of NATaT’s annual fly-in to Washington D.C., the Minnesota Association of Townships met with Senator Al Franken (D-MN).
NATaT Submits Proposals for Broadband Deployment to Senior Staff on Capitol Hill. NATaT Broadband Legislative and Policy Recommendations
NATaT Board of Directors Provides 2017 Federal Priorities to the White House
On March 16, President Donald J. Trump released a broad 62-page outline of his Administration’s proposals for a portion of the spending side of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 federal budget, entitled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again. Find NATaT’s analysis here.
Congressmen Dave Reichert (R-WA) and John Larson (D-CT) re-introduced the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (VRIPA). A NATaT priority, VRIPA is a bipartisan bill that would provide a tax exemption on the benefits volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel receive from their communities. Find a joint press release announcing the bill’s introduction here.
NATaT releases template letters for its members to send to Capitol Hill in support of tax-exempt municipal bonds. Municipal Bond Template Letter to U.S. Senators Municipal Bond Template Letter for U.S. Representatives
At its December board meeting, the NATaT Board thanked outgoing President Matt DeTemple for his six-year service on the Board’s executive committee. David Sanko (PSATS) was elected President, Bryan Smith (TOI) was elected Vice President, and Gerry Geist (NYAOT) joined the executive committee as Secretary/Treasurer.
NATaT releases memo on major legislation to watch in the 115th Congress.