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Fayetteville Agencies Struggle With State Budget Crisis

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The state budget crisis means the loss of real dollars and cents for some agencies.

Fayetteville's Rape Crisis Center is just one of several agencies hurt when the city council voted last night to freeze more than $1 million in funding. Officials with the Rape Crisis Center asked for $12,000. Without it, services and support groups will have to be cut.

"What do you want me to tell the ER when they call and say, 'We have a victim?' Do you want me to say, 'I'm sorry, the city cut funding, we can't respond?'" said Renee Brent of the Rape Crisis Center. "They cut the funding, but they don't provide us with an answer. Most likely, it's because they don't have an answer."

City officials say they are stuck as well because the state is withholding sales tax money. Other groups losing money in Fayetteville include the Arts Council, Salvation Army and Airborne and Special Operations Museum.

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