Liner challenges Allen on library funding

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George Liner, left, and Lee K. Allen are facing off in the Republican primary for a seat on the Craven County Board of Commissioners.

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 05:59 PM.

George Liner is challenging a statement Lee K. Allen made in a newspaper article about funding for the Havelock-Craven County Library.

Liner is running against Allen in the Republican Primary for the District 6 seat on the Craven County Board of Commissioners. It is a seat that Allen has held for the last 19 years.

Allen made the statement in the April 24 edition of the Havelock News that the only time a library funding formula was discussed was during talks about computers in 2013.

Liner said — and public records show — that Allen was present in a 2009 meeting between the Havelock Board of Commissioners and the Craven County Board of Commissioners in which the city requested that the county consider a 65 percent county/35 percent city cost share formula to reflect library patron usage.

Allen admits that the matter was discussed but contends there was never any agreement between the city and the county and that was what his comments were based on.

“There were a lot of things discussed. There were no conclusions on anything,” Allen said. “There was no resolutions on anything and I had never heard of the 65/35 before those meetings anyway, and I don’t even remember who brought it up.”

Liner said the 65/35 percent split had been discussed as early as possibly 2008, though he admits there has never been a formal agreement between the county and city.

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