The Associated Press reported last week that the state's town and city governments had about $1.02 billion in reserves, while the counties held an additional $1.3 billion.
North Carolina is experiencing a $900 million budget shortfall for the 2001-02 fiscal year. To solve the problem, Easley has been taking money from a variety of sources, including the funds allotted to N.C. municipalities and $313 million from the state's own reserve funds.
Municipal officials statewide have expressed concerns that a decreased allotment of state funds will force them to remove money from their own budgets.
Easley's plan requests that $95 million be withheld from local governments to make up for a business inventory tax that was eliminated within the last decade. Counties usually receive two-thirds of this money.
Franchise taxes and other shared taxes, totaling $114 million, are also being withheld from city and town governments.
According to a press release from the City of Raleigh Public Affairs office, Raleigh has a $78.7 million fund balance, the highest of any municipality.
But the city stands to lose more than $8.1 million from Easley's cuts.
The press release also states that the cuts might delay Raleigh's Neuse Basin Environmental Program and traffic signal system upgrades. Studies, including one on improving traffic, might be delayed.
But Raleigh City Manager Russell Allen said that with the cut in funding, plans for wetlands to combat pollution of the Neuse River look dim.