With the passing of the state budget the Tryon Palace in New Bern is facing a 1.5-million-dollar cut to its funding starting July 1st.
The historical Tryon Palace was the first permanent capitol for our state. It is funded publicly and privately, but the state appropriations pays for two-thirds of its budget including 70 of the 75 full-time employees at the palace, insurance, utilities and telephone service.
The director of the Tryon Palace says visitors probably won't notice any big changes July 1st when the new budget kicks in, but they are considering charging new fees for special events.
"We're having to do an analysis of the free experience,s and I think people may see some charge. We would always try to keep it small for events they have enjoyed like garden weekends the concert series that we've done with the North Carolina Symphony is always popular. I think there's just some reality things that we have got to think about," said Tryon Palace Director Kay Williams.
Williams says they have to focus on this year's budget cuts for now, but they face an even bigger $2.6 million cut next year.