Carter County to receive state appropriations

From Staff Reports

   Carter County will receive approximately $73.4 million of state appropriations and a portion of the federal funds included in Tennessee's $20 billion budget. State Rep. Ralph Cole (R-Elizabethton) made the announcement Monday afternoon.
   "The major portion of school funds is allocated to the Basic Education Program which now funds teachers, salaries, capital outlay, pupil transportation, textbooks, sick leave, retirement, teachers, aides, and additional instructional material," Cole said. "This money has been a critical source of funds for our schools."
   Budget appropriations for Carter County are in the following categories: $28.6 million for education; $10.8 million in shared state tax collections; $25.6 million for health and social services; $2 million for justice and public safety; $2.4 million for recreation and resources development; $1.5 million for separate facilities, and $1.7 million for state highway or transportation.
   "I think Carter County fared well in this budget considering the limited resources available," State Sen., Rusty Crowe (R- Johnson City) said. "These figures represent the best estimates at this time and will materialize if state revenues are collected as estimated."