Outgoing Senate leader Marc Basnight wants North Carolina's statewide elected leaders to keep repairing a historic lodge in his home district.
Basnight wrote Council of State members Thursday asking them to sign off on $3.3 million for Lake Mattamuskeet Lodge in Hyde County.
The council, comprised of Gov. Beverly Perdue and nine others, delayed this month borrowing $175 million for repair and renovation projects. Members said they're worried about more debt when the state faces budget problems.
Basnight said the state is obligated to renovate the lodge when the federal government gave it the property a few years ago. More than $5 million already has been spent on the project.
The Dare County Democrat says repairs will boost the region's economy, particularly through ecotourism.
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