2022 NATaT Federal Platform

The National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) is the voice for more than 10,000 towns and townships across America seeking to enhance the ability of smaller communities to deliver public services, economic vitality, and good government to their citizens. America’s towns and townships seek to partner with the federal government to ensure that public […]

Support for our Volunteer First Responders

Support for our Volunteer First Responders Volunteer firefighters alone save communities of all sizes $129 billion a year and represent 71% of all firefighters in the U.S. Of the total number of volunteer firefighters, 95% service communities with a population of 25,000 or less. Volunteer first responders provide the first line of defense for many […]

Municipal Bonds

Tax-Exempt Municipal Bonds NATaT supports maintaining and preserving tax-exempt municipal bonds. Tax-exempt municipal bonds are how our towns and townships – and other local governments across the country – can fund critical infrastructure projects in our communities. Advance Refunding Bonds While Members of Congress preserved tax-exempt municipal bonds in 2017’s Tax Cut and Jobs Act, […]

Broadband Development

There are households and communities in the U.S. today that lack access to adequate broadband service and a majority are located in rural America. We can all agree that this is unacceptable. In the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) 2018 Broadband Deployment Report, the Commission states that “the report finds that too many Americans lack access […]

Transportation

FAST Act Reauthorization The current surface transportation authorization law (FAST Act, P.L. No. 114-94) runs through September 30, 2021). As Congress works on FAST Act reauthorization, NATaT has four priorities: Enact a six-year surface transportation bill that directs more funds to local decision-making authorities. Increase federal assistance for off-system bridges. Ensure that any move to […]

COVID Relief for Towns and Townships

There are approximately 39,000 units of local government in the United States. Of that number, 85 percent serve communities with less than 10,000 people, and nearly half have fewer than 1,000 residents. State and local funding must be provided directly to all units of local government – regardless of population. Otherwise, our nation’s struggling towns […]