Cherry Point lobby group seeks funds from New Bern, county

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

The $14,200 requested from New Bern, the $25,000 from Craven County and other money from counties, cities and the private sector would support the management, administrative, financial and public outreach activities of ACT.

Marc Finlayson, consultant to ACT, said the board was hoping to set up shop permanently. ACT usually gears up only during BRACs, like in 1993, 1995, 2003 and 2005. But Finlayson said more could be done each year to help support Cherry Point.

ACT’s goal for the upcoming budget is $125,000 from local sources. It is also trying to get funding from the state, but there is nothing in the governor’s budget as yet, Finlayson said.

This year’s requests were determined based on the per capita of the towns and four counties of Craven, Jones, Pamlico and Carteret. For example, all of the populations of towns and counties were totaled. Then the population of Craven County was taken out and determined to have 54 percent of the population, which would be $25,000 toward the goal.

Requests at some of the smaller towns could be as low as $100 or $200, Finlayson said.

Besides Finlayson, ACT has lobbyists from a law firm working with the state government, and a consulting firm lobbying at the Pentagon and Congress. 

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