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We Are statewide local government associations each representing local service providers called special districts.

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The National Special Districts Coalition (NSDC) consists of statewide trade associations each representing local service providers called special districts. The NSDC was formed to share best practices and serve as a national communication forum for special districts nationwide. Participating state associations currently include:

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About Special Districts

bg_about_districts-3_2.jpgMost citizens know their local special district by the type of service or set of services they provide. Examples of special districts include:

  • Airport

  • Community Services

  • Library

  • Harbor and Port

  • Reclamation and Levee
  • Healthcare

  • Fire Protection
  • Mosquito and Pest Abatement
  • Cemetery
  • Recreation and Park
  • Resource Conservation
  • Sanitation
  • Utility
  • Veterans Memorial
  • Water

  • Transit
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Coalition News

National Fire, Emergency Districts Excluded from CARES Act, Request Inclusion in Federal COVID-19 Relief as US Grapples with Fires, Hurricane

August 31, 2020 - A 28-member coalition of national fire and emergency services stakeholders are pressing House and Senate leadership to ensure fire and emergency services districts receive access to future local government aid in the impending coronavirus relief bill. Read the full coalition letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.


National Special Districts Coalition Urges Inclusion of S4308 in COVID19 Package

July 27, 2020 - The Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act would allocate critically needed financial relief to special districts that have experienced unforeseen expenditures, decreases in revenue, or both, as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis. Nationally, the pandemic’s toll on special districts totals an estimated $30.5 billion through Fiscal Year 2021.


Senators Feinstein and Harris Call on Treasury Dept. & Federal Reserve to Make Loans Available to Special Districts

June 15, 2020 - Washington—Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) today called on the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve to make short-term loans available to special districts that suffered substantial revenue losses from COVID-19.


Congressman Garamendi Introduces Bill to Support Special Districts in Future Coronavirus Relief

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act (H.R.7073). Currently, special districts are ineligible for direct federal financial assistance under the “Coronavirus Relief Fund” established by the CARES Act.


HR 7073 Special Districts Provide Essential Services Act Introduced

Details on HR 7073, introduced by Congressman John Garamendi can be found in the following link along with a sample letter to take action:

NSDC Takes Action to Secure Crucial Funding.

Special district leaders from the NSDC submitted the following letter to Congressional Leaders to ensure districts are included in relief measures.

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