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Author: John Hammer

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Deannexation: One Way To Get Around The Property Tax Hike

Considering the manager’s recommended 2022-2023 budget includes a 30 percent property tax increase, a lot of Greensboro property owners are looking for some tax relief. District 59 State Rep. Jon Hardister has introduced a local bill in the state House that, if it passes, will bring some tax relief to one property owner.

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State Senate Passage Of Medicaid Expansion Creates Rift In GOP

The issue of Medicaid expansion in North Carolina has long been a battle between Democrats in favor of Medicaid expansion and Republicans opposed. Since the Republicans have held the majority in the state legislature, Medicaid coverage has not been expanded. However, the Republican-led state Senate passed a Medicaid expansion bill on Wednesday, June 1 by an overwhelming vote of 44-2, which redraws the battle lines for Medicaid expansion to Republicans in the Senate versus Republicans in the House.

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GOP 6th District Candidate Getting Some Help From Green Berets

Republican North Carolina 6th District congressional candidate Christian Castelli will be getting some help in the Nov. 8 election from a new source. Castelli is a retired lieutenant colonel in the US Army Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets. On Memorial Day, Green Beret veteran Jason Bacon launched the Green Beret PAC with the stated purpose of helping other Special Forces veterans and conservative veterans get elected to Congress.

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Manager’s Budget Includes Nearly 70 New City Employees

The $688.7 budget for fiscal year 2022-2023 presented by City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba adds nearly 70 city employees. Former City Manager David Parrish, who resigned July 1, 2021, received nothing but praise from the Greensboro City Council on his management of the city.  Since Parrish resigned, the city has grown by about 1 percent.  Yet Parrish was able to manage the city with 70 fewer employees than Jaiyeoba maintains he needs to manage essentially the same city. The 69.25 new employees are projected to cost the city $4.7 million.

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Robert Expands Public Records Battle To Downtown Greensboro Inc.

While a Greensboro mayoral candidate, Eric Robert filed a lawsuit over public records not being released by the Greensboro Coliseum.  He also used his mayoral campaign to attack Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI) President and District 3 City Council candidate Zack Matheny. Robert is continuing his attacks on Matheny and is threatening another lawsuit over the records of DGI, which he claims is a government entity and therefor subject to the open meetings and public records laws of the state.

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What The Proposed City Budget Means For Homeowners

The city staff went over what keeping the tax rate flat will mean to the average homeowner in Greensboro at the Thursday, May 26 City Council work session, and it isn’t pretty. In 2021, the owner of a $100,000 home paid $663 in city property taxes based on the rate of 66.25 cents.

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Proposed Budget Includes City’s Largest Tax Increase Ever

The proposed 2022-2023 budget presented by Greensboro City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba includes the largest property tax increase in history for the City of Greensboro. The $688.7 million budget proposed by Jaiyeoba includes the equivalent of a tax increase of nearly 12 cents.  The last property tax rate increase was in the 2019-2020 budget when the property tax rate was increased from 63.25 to 66.25 a 3-cent tax increase.  The property tax increase proposed by Jaiyeoba is nearly four times higher than that increase in 2019-2020.

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Roy Carroll Unveils Bee Safe Racing 24 Hours Of Le Mans Ferrari

Tuesday, May 17, for the first time, a 24 Hours of Le Mans race car from Greensboro was unveiled. Roy Carroll, founder and president of The Carroll Companies and publisher of this publication, unveiled the Ferrari 488 GTE Pro Envo that he has entered in the oldest and most prestigious endurance race in the world – the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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Budd Easily Wins Republican Senate Primary Over McCrory

The race that had attracted the most attention in the Tuesday, May 17 statewide primaries turned out to not be much of a race at all. Thirteenth District Congressman Ted Budd easily won the Republican Senate primary with 445,280 votes for 59 percent.  Budd only had to top 30 percent of the vote to avoid a primary runoff.

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Greensboro Ranked As 90th Best Place To Live In The US

The Greensboro City Council is constantly comparing Greensboro to the other larger cities in North Carolina. According to the U.S. News and World Report, Greensboro doesn’t compare very favorably on the list of “Best Places to Live” with the larger cities in the state or some of the smaller ones. Greensboro was ranked 90th in the country and sixth in the state.

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Schools Currently Have $277 Million In Unallocated Bond Money

With the $1.7 billion bond on the ballot Tuesday, May 17, it’s a good time to look at what the Guilford County Board of Education has done with the $300 million bond passed in November 2020. For 18 months the Guilford County Schools have had $300 million at its disposal to repair, renovate and build schools.  So what has the school board done with the $300 million available?  Not much.

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Two Mayoral Candidates Battling By Email Over Campaign Issues

Mayor Nancy Vaughan and District 3 City Councilmember Justin Outling are considered by nearly everyone to be the front runners in the mayoral primary. Outling and Vaughan have a running debate – not in person, but in their campaign emails – each accusing the other of being misleading or disingenuous in what they have stated.

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City Responds To Public Records Request With Blank Emails

Mayoral candidate Eric Robert sent the Rhino Times the city’s response to his public records request, and it is revealing. Robert has filed a lawsuit against fellow mayoral candidate Mayor Nancy Vaughan, City Manager Tai Jaiyeobo and the City of Greensboro for violating the state statute that establishes the public’s right to public records.  And looking at the response Robert received from the city, it appears a lawsuit may have been Robert’s best option.

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Vote No On School Bonds

The proposed $1.7 billion school bond is too much money for the schools to spend responsibly in a 10-year period, and that is the maximum amount of time the schools would have to spend the bond money.

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