The most powerful Guilford County leader, Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston, who almost always gets his way, told the Rhino Times this week that there’s absolutely no way he will support a property tax increase this year.
Alston said that could mean that some things some Guilford County leaders would like to see funded may not be – but he added that the county has already made a lot of progress on things like raising employee pay and increasing school funding, so he currently has no inclination to put more of a burden on property owners.
“I will not be supporting a tax increase this year,” said Alston, the true leader of the county’s Democratic Party. “The schools now have more money for operations, and $2 billion in bond money, and a lot of county property owners are paying more in taxes due to the countywide revaluation last year.”
In the fiscal 2022-2023 Guilford County budget, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners didn’t raise the tax rate. However, almost every taxpayer in the county ended up seeing a big bump in their tax bills because the valuations placed on homes in 2022 were done after a five-year hiatus and at a time when housing values were peeking.
The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is currently putting together the new 2023-2024 budget and the commissioners are holding work sessions to see what that budget should and should not include.
Alston said he’s not sure where the other commissioners are right now regarding a tax hike, but he added that they have a good understanding of the same factors he does.
The Board of Commissioners has a 6-to-3 Democratic majority and, in almost every case, the Democratic commissioners on the board vote with Alston.
Why not Skip? Don’t you want to give more money to the free loaders of this county on the back of the working class. So why not? Come on skip, you know we need more social giveaways. Or maybe increase the size of your MBWE county office. So you can discriminate against the folks that deserve the job, an give to others based on skin color an gender. Boy that’s sure is fair.
Teehee–guess Skippy realizes homeowners who saw a dramatic jump in property taxes due to that evaluation being done when housing prices were over-the-top AND he, with his Democrat lackeys, refused to adopt a revenue neutral tax rate, a FURTHER increase just might see the old boy licking his wounds when fed-up taxpayers pull his Chairman’s chair out from under him & give ’em the door!
Sir get a grip!
That’s good. A lot of my customers in Northeast and Southeast Greensboro were complaining about their tax bill in January (latest to pay property tax). So we can assume that Skippy listens to his black constituents at least.
Because he already did
No, because he already has. He listens to Whites only when it can benefit him to do so.
What a guy! 30% increase last year so we get to figure out how to pay that before another increase, which I’m sure will come next year. Government overspending causes inflation so governments costs increase. Always the tax payer that gets the sharp end of the stick!
Yeah, there’s an election year coming…..
If you are suggesting that Skippy will not be re-elected, that suggestion is probably wrong. As long as he has A&T students to vote for him and his school bonds and can muster the church pastors, he will be re-elected. Students should not be allowed to vote unless their permanent address is Greensboro and they attest they are not registered to vote anywhere else. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how many A&T students voted in Greensboro and Guilford County elections and then went home to Jersey or wherever and voted again. This is called voter fraud.
This city is 43% black and 38% white and that includes liberals 9% Hispanic 4.5 Asian and 4.5% other look at those demographics and tell me if we need A&T students to anchor us it’s only 10,000 young people.
According to the US Census Bureau as of July 1, 2022 Greensboro was 43.6 percent white and 43.1 percent black.
Thank you commissioner Austin but not increasing text I am 76 and just lost to husband anymore increases I don’t think anyone could stand anymore again I said thanks to all of them who agrees with commission bMr skip Austin
More BS out of Skips mouth. Trust you like a snake.
In reference to Skip making thee big announcements that no higher taxes this year. Mainly because he got a high amount last year.
In addition, he could care less about the black community because this (taxes)are one area everyone is taxed across the board.
The best thing is to get rid of Skip and all the other Deion this board. I cans recall not long ago when Republicans controlled the board there were no tax increases for 7/8 years running.
What is the matter with the people in Guilford County ,have you all lost your mind .!!!!! You know that when you vote In people like Skip you are Getting automatic tax increase because democrats know 2 things. Spend and Tax. Especially the career politicians suchas Skip.
He will be like the last Democrat that died in office,he will probably die at his desk promoting a tax increase on Guilford County !!!!!
If this government can afford to pay back low income property taxes then they are over charging us. People on fixed income can’t get ahead because government can’t control spending.
Thank you Skip. We are all still stinging from the reassessment and of course the City’s 30% increase last year.
Remember folks, Skip Alston has already supported a tax increase this year, and next year, and the year after that, and…
They’re called bonds BILLIONS in bonds. Nevermind the over $80 million in increased tax revenues through re-valuations of your land & properties. Bend over, he ain’t done yet!