Greenville, N.C.- Pitt
County has joined municipalities across the state in passing a resolution to
express official support for placing Governor McCrory's Connect NC bond
initiative on the ballot in November.
"Pitt County leaders realize
these investments will help sustain a healthy and vibrant North Carolina for
generations to come," Governor McCrory said. "I applaudtheir decision to call
for these investments to be made now to reduce the future costs to taxpayers."
The Pitt County resolution, which
was passed Monday, notes, "These strategic investments will create jobs and
improve the quality of life and environment for North Carolinians."
Connect NC will invest $12 million
locally to replace the existing regional autopsy center at the East Carolina
University Brody School of Medicine. This investment is in addition to the $16
million proposed in the Governor's 2015-17 budget to stabilize medical
education the Brody School of Medicine.
Pitt Community College is also
slated to receive $3 million to repair and upgrade facilities to better prepare
students for careers of the 21st century.
"By not addressing our serious
infrastructure deficiencies now, our State will lose its ability to compete in
the future, interest rates will go up, costs to taxpayers will increase,
congestion will worsen and jobs will not expand at the rate needed to sustain a
healthy North Carolina," the Pitt County resolution underscores.
Connect NC is targeted investments
in North Carolina's roads, education, public health, parks and military.
The transportation proposal would
pay for 27 permit-ready highway projects throughout North Carolina that have
completed environmental documents. In addition, Connect NC would fund the
paving of 176 unpaved secondary roads totaling 113 miles.
Because of the state's fiscal
strength and strong balance sheet, no tax increase is needed to fund the bonds
and the state's AAA bond rating would be preserved.
To learn more about Connect NC,