The Orange County Board of Commissioners will consider passing a resolution tonight urging Congress to oppose further funding for the war in Afghanistan.
"Orange County has pressing local needs including education, infrastructure, social services, health, and small business support - just to name a few," says local activist Mark Marcoplos. "We continually are forced to wrangle over restricted budgets which pit important local needs against one another. Meanwhile about $2,600 per county citizen leaves Orange County annually for the national military budget. That's a total of about $351million."
Orange County's annual budget is about $178 million, says Marcoplos, a former chairman of the Orange Water and Sewer Authority and local home builder. "Imagine what we could accomplish for the citizens of Orange County if just 10 percent of our military contribution was retained at home for local needs? Another $35 million annually would make a world of difference for us."
"Make no mistake, U.S. military spending - the U.S. spends more money on its military than the rest of the world combined - is inarguably a local issue with huge local impacts."
The commissioners meeting will be held at the Southern Human Services Center on Homestead Road in Chapel Hill at 7 p.m.