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As the state released its budget Monday, Halifax County commissioners discussed the legislative goals set by the county’s intergovernmental association.

Some of the concerns of the association could be addressed by the state budget.

State Representative Michael Wray has requested a total of $23,487,581 for Halifax County and towns within the county.

He has requested a total of $19,025,000 for Northampton County, which includes $14 million for a new courthouse.

The list of money requested for Halifax County includes the following:

$3.5 million for the city of Roanoke Rapids to help reduce the city’s theater debt

$2 million for the town of Littleton

$1,949,384 for the advanced manufacturing center at Halifax Community College and $5,441,624 for repairs and renovations at HCC

$5,200,000 for the William R. Davie house and upgrades to the Historic Halifax visitors center

$750,000 for the town of Weldon

$500,000 for the Lincoln Heights Community Center

$250,000 for revitalization in Roanoke Rapids

$250,000 for Halifax County Business Horizons

A $250,000 grant for the town of Enfield

$250,000 for repairs in Hobgood

$250,000 for revitalization in Scotland Neck,  $250,000 to address  flooding issues, and $250,000 for the Scotland Neck Senior Center

$250,000 for revitalization in Littleton and $250,000 for flooding issues in the town

$250,000 for Weldon revitalization and another $250,000

$71,573 for Historic Halifax

$75,000 for Concerned Citizens of Tillery

A total of $200,000 to address the property and development of the Andrew Jackson school site in Halifax

$50,000 for the Freedom Trail project 

$1 million to address issues with Chockoyotte Creek

The Raleigh News and Observer reported Monday evening that the state budget proposes an average of 5 percent raises for teachers and state employees over the next two years along with income tax cuts and increases in education spending.

The newspaper reported that Governor Roy Cooper has not indicated whether he will sign the budget.

Many of the municipalities in Halifax County share common legislative goals, such as continued opposition to the tolling of Interstate 95 and county water system protection.

The issue of the multi-lining of Highway 158 from interstates 85 to 95 continues to be a desire.

Deputy County Manager Dia Denton said the goals will be presented to legislators in January. The county has also been asked to present the goals to federal legislators as well. “We haven’t had a whole lot of changes over the years.”

Denton requested that commissioners review the goals.

Commissioner Patrick Qualls said the federal infrastructure package may help, especially with broadband.

“I know there’s a great need there,” Commissioner Carolyn Johnson said.