Dear Editor,

When I reviewed the recently passed Greensboro city budget for next year, I noticed that the largest line item increase in the budget was a 32 percent increase in the executive department, an increase of nearly $4 million, from $12,079,181 to $15,948,470.  I had mistakenly thought the police department got the largest raise, which I strongly support.

I do not support a huge increase in the executive department.  Given the huge tax increase we were handed last year, this is a time to carefully examine all our expenditures.  Increasing the number of staff in the city manager’s office does not pass the smell test.  This is an item that needs further review and corrective action by the city council.

James Bennett