New Bern Aldermen approve budget - WRBL

New Bern Aldermen approve budget

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NEW BERN, N.C. - The New Bern Board of Aldermen approved next fiscal year's budget on Tuesday.

In the budget, funding to nonprofits currently receiving money from the city will be cut in half, and soon after, funding will be reduced to nothing. 

Those non-profits include the New Bern Firemen's Museum.

Sabrina Bengel of the Friends of the Firemen's Museum said the museum's important both for its history and its tourism draw.

"It is my hope that our city officials with the mayor leading the charge will recognize the cultural value and quality of life value that something like the firemen's museum brings to New Bern," Bengel said.

Alderman Pat Schaible, who supported cutting funding, says government shouldn't decide which non-profits to fund.

"There's over 60 non-profits in New Bern, and I think they're all great non-profits," Schaible said. "I have a problem with government funding, picking and choosing which non-profits to fund."

The budget also includes no tax increases with city departments cutting five percent from their budgets.

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