With state budget now passed, Stanly County set to receive tens of millions of dollars in funding – The Stanly News & Press
Organizations, municipalities and projects in and around Stanly County are set to receive more than $ 100 million in funding from a compromise that state budget lawmakers passed this week, after many months of negotiations round trip.
The Senate and House passed the budget bill with broad bipartisan support after Governor Roy Cooper said he would sign it.
With the bill passed by both houses, Cooper proclaimed it Thursday afternoon.
“I’ll sign the budget because out of balance the good outweighs the bad,” Cooper said. “It takes North Carolina forward in important ways, many of which are critical to the state’s progress as we come out of this pandemic.”
The two-year budget will spend $ 25.9 billion in the current fiscal year and $ 27 billion in the year 2022-23.
Senator Carl Ford, a Republican representing parts of Rowan and Stanly counties, and Representative Wayne Sasser, a Republican who represents most of Stanly as well as parts of Cabarrus and Rowan counties, worked to get around $ 115 million for Stanly County and surrounding areas.
Of the total, $ 28 million is going to the NC Emergency Training Center at Stanly County Airport for capital improvement projects. These include creating an Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) simulation, which would help attract fire teams from across the state; Advanced rescue training specializing in confined space, diving and water rescue; and a new building burned down.
“After months of good faith negotiations with the governor, I am proud to see the compromise budget passed,” said Ford.
Local items funded include $ 6.5 million for Morrow Mountain State Park, $ 5.6 million for Stanly Community College and $ 85,000 for Pfeiffer University. The budget also includes $ 3.5 million for the regional emergency management office, $ 2.3 million for the two Tarheel ChalleNGe National Guard academies including New London, $ 1 million to build a road between Morrow Mountain Pool and Falls Reservoir in Badin, $ 1 million for road improvements in Morrow Mountain State Park, $ 125,000 for Friends of the Agriculture and Civic Center for repairs and renovations, and $ 50 $ 000 for the Stanly County Pregnancy Resource Center.
Norwood will receive $ 2 million for water and sewerage, Locust will receive $ 800,000 for water and sewerage and Badin will receive $ 1 million to improve its marina and $ 250,000 for upgrades and maintenance. from the Badin conference center.
Several treatment facilities and organizations in and around Stanly are also expected to receive funding, including $ 30 million for a new regional behavioral health crisis service center in Cabarrus County; $ 7.5 million for the Mecklenburg County nonprofit, which serves low-income families through primary care, behavioral health and wellness services, to expand operations to neighboring counties; $ 1.5 million to establish a new processing facility at Will’s Place; $ 1.3 million to create a new processing facility at Bridge to Recovery; and $ 1 million for the New-London-based Gateway of Hope.
Sasser said each of Stanly County’s 16 volunteer fire departments will receive at least $ 10,000 and could get up to $ 45,000.
“In the last week or so my feet hadn’t really touched the ground, that’s how exciting it is,” Sasser said of the final approval of a budget, the first time around. that this has been happening since he came to power.
“It doesn’t just help Albemarle, or it doesn’t just help Badin or Norwood, it’s prevalent throughout Stanly County,” Sasser said.
Here are some of the general highlights of the budget:
- Five percent increase over two years for public school teachers and government employees;
- A minimum wage of $ 15 an hour for all non-certified public school and community college staff starting next year;
- $ 2,800 bonus for most teachers using federal funds;
- Five percent supplement for state retirees over two years old;
- Bonuses for all government employees using federal funds: $ 1,500 for government employees who earn less than $ 75,000 and $ 1,000 for government employees who earn more than $ 75,000. Law enforcement, correctional officers and staff, and 24-hour residential and treatment facility workers receive $ 1,500.
- $ 100 million in recurring funds for a new publicly funded Teacher Salary Supplement focused on low-income counties to help them compete with the big, wealthy counties when recruiting teachers; and
- $ 1 billion for broadband expansion.