Kerr-Tar budget includes raises, cuts
If the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments approves its budget, most personnel will receive 2 percent cost-of-living base increase, while some lose their jobs altogether.
The council’s executive committee presented the 2014-2015 budget proposal at the full board’s review Thursday.
The plan proposed elimination of the part-time community development assistant position starting July 1 and the elimination of the community development planner effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Interim director Diane Cox said the committee made the choice because of a void in funding when a Community Development Block Grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce funding discontinued.
“The North Carolina General Assembly cut that program so we are just finishing up spending some of those grants that where outstanding,” she said.
The budget proposed the addition of a Workforce Investment Act youth lead to head the Workforce Investment Act youth program, which helps students 14 to 21 years old get ready for post secondary education. The budget also allots funds from the North Carolina Department of Transportation to change the current part-time regional planner position to a full-time position.
“I think it’s important to understand that the positions with the council are grant funded,” Cox said. “This is not the first time this happened. When grant funding goes away, those positions go away.”
The committee also proposed some funding of the following programs to continue into 2014-2015:
• Workforce Investment Act will be allotted about $1.4 million.
• The budget allots various amounts to support economic development and small business, including a designation of more than $200,000 to the revolving loan fund for new businesses creating jobs in the community.
• The plan allots $1.9 million to the aging fund to support the Area Agency on Aging that offers community-based services for adults 60 years old and older.
• The budget includes an increased planning fund of about $400,000 for various regional development programs, such as the transportation planning organization that funds transportation improvements in the surrounding counties.
Cox said the budget has already been approved by the finance and executive committee and is expected to be approved by the full council at their meeting June 26.
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