N.C. mayors and Easley attended the N.C. Metropolitan Coalition meeting Wednesday to discuss the effects of statewide budget cuts on local municipalities.
Carrboro Board of Alderman member Alex Zaffron, who represented the town at Wednesday's meeting, could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Easley announced last week that the state expects a $900 million budget shortfall. The town of Carrboro stands to lose $299,284.
But Carrboro might lose even more money if the town does not receive the sales tax receipts it hopes to get from the state at the end of the month.
The worst-case scenario for the town, if there are no financial returns, could mean $451,000 in budget cuts, Town Manager Robert Morgan said.
Although Easley attempted to comfort the leaders at Wednesday's meeting, Carrboro officials say they aren't buying his optimism that if state revenue increases, there will be a chance the withheld funds will be redistributed to the local municipalities.
Alderman Diana McDuffee said she thinks the town shouldn't bank on the prospect that funds will be returned.
"It is a very troublesome situation," she said. "The chances of the state returning the funds are very slim."
McDuffee said she does not place the blame on Easley. "He inherited a very bad situation," she said.