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Kara A. Millonzi

Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government

Kara Millonzi joined the School of Government in 2006. She specializes in local government finance law, general county law, school finance, utilities finance, development finance, and incorporation. She administers the Coates’ Canons Local Government Law Blog and has authored well over 100 posts on issues related to local government law and finance. Millonzi also administers NC Finance Connect, an online community portal, centered around the topic of local government finance. She has authored numerous publications, including A Guide to Billing and Collecting Public Enterprise Utility Fees for Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste ServicesIntroduction to Local Government Finance (4th edition), and The Governance and Funding Structure of North Carolina Public Schools. She teaches several core finance courses and directs the NC County Attorneys Conference and Fundamentals Workshop and Local Government Finance Officers Conference each year. (A complete list of Kara’s blogs, courses, publication, and other resources are located under the corresponding tabs on this page.)

Millonzi is the faculty lead for Lead for North Carolina, a fellowship program that aims to recruit, train, and place the state’s most promising young leaders in paid local government fellowships as a means of strengthening our public institutions, supporting our local communities, and cultivating a new generation of public service leaders. Before joining the School, Millonzi practiced law with Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP in Boston and clerked for the Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer, United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Millonzi earned a BA in economics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University at Buffalo and an MA in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. She earned a JD, with highest honors, Order of the Coif, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served as editor in chief of the North Carolina Law Review.



Fields of Expertise
Airport Authorities (Legal)
Boards of County Commissioners (Legal)
Budget Preparation and Enactment
Capital Planning
and Finance
City or County Attorneys
County and Municipal Finance
County Government (Legal and Procedural)
Elected Officials (Legal and Procedural)
Fire Protection (Legal)
Fire Tax Districts
Governing Boards (Legal and Procedural)
Interlocal and Regional Cooperation (Legal)
Local Government Law
Municipal Incorporation (Legal and Procedural)
Open Meetings
Public Enterprise Organization and Financing
Public Records
Public Records (Tax and Finance)
Public School Finance
Public Schools
Solid Waste Management (Legal)
Special Assessments
Tax Districts
Water and Sewerage Services (Legal)
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