The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is putting the final touches on a fiscal 2022-2023 budget deal that will shape the course of Guilford County government for the next 12 months.
Currently, two days before a final budget is expected to be approved, the existing deal would leave Guilford County’s tax rate at 73.05 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
While normally a stable tax rate would be good news for county property owners, it’s not the case this year. Since there was a 2022 revaluation of all property in the county at a time when values are skyrocketing, nearly every property owner in the county will have a much higher tax bill this year when compared to last year.
The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is still negotiating some budget matters – largely school funding – and last-minute changes can always happen; however, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston said on Monday, June 13, that most of the issues had been worked out.
He also said that no tax rate decrease or increase is anticipated and he believes a majority of the Board of Commissioners will vote to a approve the new budget at the board’s Thursday, June 16 meeting.
The commissioners had scheduled a budget work session for Tuesday, June 14, however that meeting was canceled at the last minute – another indication that few to no final budget questions remain.
“We can’t afford a tax rate cut,” Alston said, “since the voters didn’t approve the sales tax increase.”
Just before the May election, the Board of Commissioners pledged to lower the tax rate – likely about 3 cents – if voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax increase.
The countywide revaluation of all land, houses and buildings is bringing in over $90 million in new money to the county despite the tax rate remaining the same, but Alston said that the county is being hit left and right with expenses such as paying back $2 billion in school bond debt, paying more to deal with the detention officer vacancy issue and a need to fund other critical programs.
Alston said that, since no additional revenue will be coming in from a sales tax increase, the county needs all of the revenue it is currently bringing in.
“Stevie Wonder can see that,” Alston said.
Time for a taxpayer uprising.
The LEFT, abetted by the Democrat Party, is hastening the destruction of our Republic. For example, our Atty General will not prosecute demonstrators at homes of some Supreme Court Justices – as he was sworn to do. you want to change the make-up of the court? Win a few elections, then the people electorate had a say in it.
If you don’t understand that, then it likely that you are one of the uninformed and apathetic electorate that I often refer to. If you don’t believe it, “just you wate ‘enry ‘iggins, just you wate.”
“WE CAN’T AFFORD A TAX RATE CUT” – Chairman “Skip” Alston.
My heart bleeds for you Skip, and all your public sector employees. So with your estimate of my home’s value being jacked up by 25% – yes, one fourth – how do you expect us private sector workers to afford your new tax demand?
Our businesses are in the tank, our living costs are through the roof, and now our home’s tax bill is outrageous.
But….. YOU can’t afford to live with a 25% jump in your revenue ???
You – and all Democrats – disgust me with your greed and rapacity.
Yet, let us not forget that Skip HAS PROMISED to put the sales tax hike on the Nov. ballot again because we yahoos didn’t understand “how beneficial it was” to the County Bond issue that was passed, so if we’re really, really lucky we’ll get BOTH the property tax hike AND the sales tax hike which is what Skip wanted all along. Yipee. And again, I will not vote for anyone who is currently on the County Board in the next election (although lots of other yahoos will).
The Left loves to increase taxes because that’s how they’re incrementally enslaving us. An actual slave had perhaps 90% of the value of his labor taken from him. We are up to about 40% or more, depending on your income. The Left keeps pushing the needle upwards.
Greatest tax increase in Greensboro history during worst inflationary period in decades. Alston is as tone deaf as he ever was! Every county commissioner not standing up to him on this issue should be voted out.
Oh my gosh I agree with Chris. For some reason he always has the old biddies on the commissioner’s under his spell.
Hear, hear ! Well said, Chris!
What Greensboro really needs is a FIRING SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
REASONING DOES NOT HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Either ELECT ALL new board members or Greensboro is OVER.
WE, the citizens on Greensboro, MUST get it RIGHT this year.
Conveying threats is a felony.
That’s not a threat, it’s free speech. No explicit threat was communicated.
Do you understand the definition of a metaphor?
One does not have to increase the tax rate when the tax appraiser raises property values 50%.
Time for a proper insurrection.
Congrats Greensboro and Guilford County! Way to spin a story while pretending to be staunch defenders of the poor and middle class… I am a landlord doing my best to keep costs and rents down. The new tax bills will increase rents by $70/month. Taxes have increased by 55%!!!