BEAUFORT —Presumably looking to future capital needs, county commissioners have asked the state to reconsider how it distributes North Carolina Education Lottery funds for school construction.
The request, which takes aim at the long reduced-distribution model, was passed as a resolution at the board’s Monday meeting in the administration building. Carteret County Public Schools currently receives about $582,000 in lottery capital funds annually.
“We are unhappy with the method that they’re using currently,” County Chairman Mark Mansfield confirmed.
Their effort is part of a larger initiative from the N.C. Association of County Commissioners to put pressure on legislators in Raleigh to return to the initial intent of instituting the education lottery in the first place in providing a lump sum to local districts for construction, staffing and other needs.
“I think it’s really been an ongoing issue,” county manager Tommy Burns said Wednesday of the dwindling capital allocation.
When the lottery was signed into law in August 2005, legislators agreed to distribute 40 percent of net proceeds from ticket sales to the state’s more than 100 school districts for capital improvements.
That resolve didn’t last, however. Instead, the payout to schools was reduced to a flat $100 million in construction money to split among the state’s school systems.