The Moore County Board of Commissioners held their April 2 meeting in the second floor chambers of the old County Courthouse in Carthage, NC. The Chair, Nick Picerno, opened the meeting by adding a number of new items to the published agenda.
The Board heard three requests for funding that the applicants hope will be incorporated into the upcoming new County budget. One of these, from the Sandhills Community College Board, appealed to the Commissioners to grant the college a 4.5% budget increase in County funding for the upcoming fiscal year as well as a "one time grant" of $500,000 "to replenish the college's capital improvement funds".
This request should be denied by the Board of Commissioners. A 4.5% increase is unacceptable in these economic times. The audacity of this request shows that, once again, the education system believes it should be completely immune from budget constraints which apply to everyone else in the real world. Who has received a 4.5% increase in their home or business budget this year? It doesn't matter how much taxpayer money our governments dump into the education system, they always want MORE, MORE, MORE!
And the college has increased their capital assets by over $1.6 MILLION dollars this past year alone. Yes, they, like their bigger brothers in the university system, are obsessed with building new buildings and adding to their campuses. This is why their capital funds are so depleted. They can't spend the money fast enough. It's time to reign in these folks' excessive appetites for opulent spending.
Also of interest are the two resolutions approved by the Board. The first resolution, read into the record by Chairman Picerno, asks the NC Governor and State Legislature to restore all of the NC Lottery funds to the counties for funding of education as was promised when the Lottery was approved. However, this promise to the voters and taxpayers of North Carolina was NEVER honored by the State Legislature which misappropriated the majority of the lottery proceeds to fund other projects. This shell game has, so far, been continued by our new Republican Legislature and Governor in their currently proposed budget. It is, indeed, time to keep the promise and commitment made to the voters and taxpayers of NC which induced them to vote for the NC Education Lottery in the first place.
The second resolution, also read into the record by Chairman Picerno, calls upon the NC Legislature to institute drug testing requirements for anyone who receives social services assistance. This will undoubtedly drive the leftists and progressives crazy. They will surely call it a callous and cruelly insensitive position for the Board to take. Kudos to our Board of Commissioners for ignoring such nonsense. This is a great idea which should be implemented by the NC Legislature as soon as possible.
The meeting packet may be found at: westknollwoodprecinct.com/uploads/7/8/5/8/7858119/20130402_mc_boc__meeting_packet.pdf