Lamar County Supervisors to meet with Lumberton Aldermen

Lamar County supervisors will meet with the Lumberton Board of Aldermen Tuesday at 1 p.m. to discuss a plan to address the city's financial difficulties.

Lumberton officials are expected to plea for help with garbage collection, road repairs and police protection.

The city is basically running out of money, and it won't be long before the general fund is empty, say officials. Lumberton Mayor Aaron Lott admits city leaders have made serious financial mistakes, and now the city is asking the county to get involved.

"I don't have an answer to how you spend money you don't have, I do have an answer of we managed to do it," said Lott.

The situation, Lott said, is a budget deficit, currently more than $40,000.

Although the city is soon to receive a regular tax check from the county, Lott said after paying city salaries, bills and some debts, the general fund will only be between $120,000 and $150,000.

"With that amount of money and the little bit that trickles in from sales tax and different things, the only way we can do anything is by drastic cuts," said Lott. "I know we've broken laws because we spent earmarked money, but we have to let the state do their investigation and see what they can come up with."