Wayne County has plenty of things it would like to see the North Carolina Legislature accomplish in the coming year.
Last week, County Manager Craig Honeycutt and the Wayne County Commissioners went through the legislative goals that had been discussed for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.
The list of goals includes:
- Seek funding to expand digital infrastructure and broadband availability in underserved areas
- Seek additional revenue sources, including a statewide bond referendum or expanded lottery proceeds, to address statewide public school and community college funding challenges
- Change the Phase 1 lottery grant fund formula to reduce the local match requirements
- Allow a County Board of Commissioners, without a voter referendum, to levy a one-quarter-of-one-cent sales tax specifically designated for school and community college projects
- Expand state resources to ensure availability of essential medical, mental health and social services for persons incarcerated in local detention facilities
- Continued support for Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence recovery
Commissioner Wayne Aycock asked that agriculture also be represented on the list.
The county’s list of approved legislative goals will be submitted to the NCACC as well as the City of Goldsboro, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce and the county’s legislative delegation in Raleigh.