The North Carolina state budget signed into law Nov. 18 provides more than $75 million in funding for Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties, including money for a parking facility in Watauga, sidewalks in Lansing and county building renovations in Avery.
The Avery Journal reports the budget also includes a tax cut that reduces the personal income tax rate to 3.99 percent over six years and increases the zero-tax bracket to $25,500 for married filers and increases the child tax deduction by $500 per child and eliminates the state income tax on military pensions.
The budget includes $100 million in recurring funds for a new state-funded teacher salary supplement for lower-wealth counties to help them recruit and retain high-quality teachers.
In addition, $4.8 million for Town of Blowing Rock water and sewer - $1 million for Beech Mountain water and sewer - $700,000 for Seven Devils water and sewer - as well as funding for the Middle Fork Greenway, Watauga County capital improvements, Watauga County parking facility and Roof Repairs and a local health department grant.
There is funding for Blue Ridge Conservancy Watauga River Paddle Trail, Northern Peaks State Trail, and much more.