By state statute, North Carolina was supposed to have a budget in place by July 1. After missing that deadline, state law makers extended the budget deadline to August. A continuing budget resolution was passed to allow the state to continue operating at current levels while the state Senate and House of Representatives nailed down a budget. By Aug. 12, no budget has been reached which prompted the state to once again continue the budget until Aug. 31, the longest the state has gone without a budget in 13 years.
Last week, the two chambers were able to agree on a maximum budget of $21.74 billion, which sits at $265 million more than the Senate proposed spending and $415 million less than the budget originally proposed by the House.
According to Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale, he is concerned with where the $400 million reduction will come from.
"Right now, we aren't sure where that money will come from," said Beale. “The most likely place will be teacher assistants, and that is just not something our local district or other schools in the state can handle."