Liner challenges Allen on library funding

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

“They would never come to a written agreement,” Liner said of the county. “It was always discussed and the city just decided we were going to stick with that.”

Whether formal or not, figures from the city and county for Havelock library funding for four of the last five years show the city paying 35 percent and the county at 65 percent. In fiscal year 2009-10, the division was 37.7 percent city and 62.3 percent county.

Liner said the library funding is at the heart of his contention during the campaign that the eastern end of the county is not getting its fair share of county funding for services.

Allen said he feels Liner is attacking him.

“All he’s doing is attacking me, I guess,” Allen said. “That’s fine. I’ve been attacked by bigger and better people than him anyway. What he says doesn’t make it true.”

Liner said Allen shouldn’t take it personal.

“I have no intentions of attacking him. He’s a fine gentleman,” Liner said. “He’s done a lot in the 31 years that he’s been a public official. It just went overboard to make a comment like that I found wrong.

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