Senate leader Marc Basnight sent Gov. Perdue and other statewide elected officials a letter today asking them to approve borrowing $3.3 million to continue renovations of a Lake Mattamuskeet Lodge in Hyde County.
The lodge, built in 1915, is on the National Historic Register. The state is in the middle of renovating it.
"Not only is this a one-of-a-kind historic structure that should be preserved," the Manteo Democrat wrote, "but we have made a commitment through state and federal laws to complete the job."
The debt Basnight wants approved was one of the items the Council of State postponed at its meeting this month.
Officials decided to put off a decision on issuing $175 million in debt for building repairs and repair projects. The elected officials said it was a bad time to borrow with the state facing a $3 billion-plus budget hole.
The projects have been approved by the legislature, but the Council of State needs to approve before bonds can be sold.
"It is a small amount of debt," Basnight said in an interview."It would not affect our debt or credit rating at all."
The 2006 federal law giving the state the lodge specified that the state would restore it. The legislature pushed for the law because the state was keen on repairing the building and there was no guarantee the federal government would move fast enough, Basnight said.
The state so far has spent about $5 million on repairs. The total cost to restore it will be about $12 million.