Commissioners to hear college funding request

By John Carson

The Tarboro Weekly

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The Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners have a full agenda to discuss at its regular meeting today, including a review of funding requests, tax collection efforts and budget amendments.

Topping the busy night will be a request from Edgecombe Community College officials for additional funding to cover maintenance costs.

College President Dr. Deborah Lamm and the college’s board of directors Chairman Wick Baker will present the college’s funding needs to commissioners. The college is seeking $75,580 in maintenance costs, which college officials said would prevent the loss of jobs.

In a letter to the board, Baker said the college cannot use state funds to cover these costs.

Baker’s letter also said the county’s 2014-15 appropriation to the college is around $230,000 short of the more than $1.5 million the college spent during the last fiscal year that ended June 30.

“We used all of the college’s fund balance, an additional $34,000 county appropriation and all rental income to balance the budget,” Baker said in the letter.

The college’s 2014-15 funding from the county was increased from a proposed $1.3 million to $1.4 million.

In other business, County Tax Administrator Gloria Lyndaker will present her 2013 Annual Settlement, reporting tax collections as well as taxes still unpaid.

While tax collections for real and personal property and motor vehicles stand at 93 percent as of June 30, more than $1.7 million remains uncollected.

Also on the agenda are a proclamation to declare Edgecombe County as a Purple Heart County.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the commissioners’ meeting room on the second floor of the Edgecombe County Administration Building in Tarboro.