Pitt Commissioners Drop Membership With Chamber Of Commerce

An endorsement by the Pitt Greenville Chamber of Commerce to support cutting down the number of school board members, has cost them a membership with the county government.

Pitt County Commissioners voted five to three Monday to disassociate with the chamber of commerce.

The commissioners voting in favor say say because the chamber decided to support a bill introduced by Republican State Senator Louis Pate to reduce the size of the Pitt County School Board from 12 to 9 members, the county did not want continue to be a part of the chamber.

Chamber president Susanne Sartelle tells WITN that she is disappointed that the commissioners felt it was necessary to pull their membership because of one disagreement. She says the loss of the county's $1,388 in annual membership fees is minimal to the chamber. But sartelle says the county will lose greatly from the benefits the chamber provides.

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