THE BOARD OF Directors of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously to approve a resolution encouraging voters to approve the $2 billion Connect NC Bond referendum.
The question will appear on the ballot for the March 15 primary election.
The $2 billion bond package would be allocated for:
• New construction and repairs to existing facilities on the 17 campuses of the UNC system as well as the 58 campuses of the NC Community College System.
• Infrastructure improvements to state and local parks and the North Carolina Zoo.
• Various water improvement and agricultural projects.
• Repairs and improvements to National Guard and public safety facilities within North Carolina.
The Community College System would receive $350 million in bond funding to upgrade and construct facilities to offer state-of-the-art learning experiences for the citizens of North Carolina, thus enabling the Community College System to continue to excel as a national leader in higher education and workforce development.
The chamber board believes Carteret Community College contributes immeasurably to Carteret County and the region by producing a skilled workforce to attract new business and industry and provides educational opportunities for citizens to advance their earning potential and to enrich and enhance their quality of life.
Carteret Community College President Kerry Youngblood said the college would receive $2.67 million of bond funding, which would contribute significantly toward much needed facilities for its hospitality and culinary programs, while providing substantial value and savings to the people of Carteret County and the region.
Fort Macon State Park in Carteret County is one of the most visited state parks in North Carolina, because of its historical significance and magnificent public beach area, and is also targeted to receive Connect NC Bond Act funding.
State officials have repeatedly stated that the Connect NC Bond will not jeopardize the state’s strong credit ratings and acknowledge that interest rates are presently at historically low levels. State leaders have also said there will be no new state taxes or any increase in state taxes caused by the Connect NC Bond.
For these reasons, the chamber urges its members and voters to approve all provisions of the Connect NC Bond Act. Additionally, the chamber recommends that the Carteret County Board of Commissioners and local governing boards of the municipalities in Carteret County join with the Chamber to promote, educate and inform residents of the importance of the bipartisan effort to “Vote Yes to Invest.”
Mike Wagoner, President
Carteret County Chamber of Commerce