North Carolina has gone without a budget for approximately nine months. While the battle has taken place in Raleigh, its impact touches the day-to-day lives of our citizens here in Caldwell County.
County government as well as our municipalities rely on state funding to provide essential public safety services, such as law enforcement and fire services. Educational opportunities and business growth in our county are supported with state funding. Our school system and community college use funds from the state to provide invaluable resources for our citizens.
The current proposed bipartisan state budget for the FY 2019‑2021 biennium includes funding for several critical County and community investments, specifically:
- More than $15 million in capital funding for Caldwell County Schools
- Nearly $7 million in capital funding for Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
- $50,000 to the Caldwell County Emergency Management Services
- $258,000 to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office
- $4.5 million to renovate and repair the Caldwell County Courthouse
We, the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners, strongly encourage the General Assembly to act in accordance with the needs of our county and the entire state to override the objections of the governor and enact the proposed bipartisan budget.
Randy T. Church, Chairman
Mike LaBrose, Vice Chair
Jeff Branch, Commissioner
Donnie Potter, Commissioner
Robbie Wilkie, Commissioner