The North Carolina General Assembly approved the two-year state budget, and Gov. Cooper signed it into law on Thursday.
The budget makes investments in four critical areas: education, healthcare, infrastructure, and savings.
“The bipartisan passage of the 2021 Appropriations Act marks a historic moment for our state,” said Representative Allen McNeill and Representative Jamie Boles in a press release. “This budget makes historic investments to address some of the most crucial needs across our state, including historic education funding, a record $8 billion infrastructure plan, plans to address the healthcare needs brought to the forefront by the pandemic, all while cutting taxes and continuing to build back stronger than before. Never has the State of North Carolina been in a stronger position to serve its citizens, secure its future, and compete globally.”
Below are the benefits included in the budget for Moore County, according to McNeill:
Carthage – $600,000 as a 50% match for a Federal EDA grant to restore the Tyson Jones Buggy Factory for commercial use, $300,000 for capital improvements and $50,000 for The Wayfinding Program.
Town of Aberdeen- $200,000 to fund a new Sports Plex Facility
Moore County / Town of Aberdeen – $50,000 to address waterflow issues from roadwork upstream from the Town of Aberdeen and to repair the dam in front of Bethesda Presbyterian Church.
Cameron – $100,000 for capital improvements
Vass – $50,000 for Sandy – Ramey Keith Park to correct drainage problems, $50,000 for sidewalks, and $50,000 for capital improvements
Woodlake Dam Project – $9,600,000
Samarcand Training Academy – $2,306,000 for capital improvements
Together, these economic development and infrastructure projects bring $13,356,000 to the Moore County area.
Feature photo of Tyson Jones Buggy Factory in Carthage by Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota.