Cherry Point lobby group seeks funds from New Bern, county

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 06:59 PM.

Supporters of Cherry Point are approaching city and county governments with requests for money to help fund lobbying efforts.

Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow has formally requested $14,200 from New Bern in its 2013-14 budget.

New Bern Alderman Denny Bucher, who eight months ago was on the ACT legislative committee and is now a board director for the group, said he didn’t know of an organization more important to the area because it lobbies for Cherry Point, which has a strong economic impact in the area.

Bucher said the president’s budget this year is looking at implementing base realignments and closures, called BRAC, throughout the military.

"If that happens, it could have real repercussions to us," Bucher said.

ACT is asking the city for $14,200 in the upcoming budget. In 2012-13, the city appropriated $4,123 to the organization.

In a letter to New Bern city manager Mike Epperson regarding budget requests from ACT, Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders, who is the president of ACT and mayor of Havelock, said times were difficult for Cherry Point and the Fleet Readiness Center East repair facility because of sequestration budget cuts and the possibility of another BRAC.

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