The approval of 2023-2024 fiscal year budget for the City of Greensboro is on the agenda for the Tuesday, June 20 City Council meeting and it appears it will be approved with adjustments made at the Thursday, June 15 work session.

While the public hearing for the $749 million recommended budget was held on Tuesday, June 7, the public may comment on any item on the City Council agenda including the budget.

The 2023-2024 fiscal year budget recommended by City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba includes a 4 cent property tax increase, raising the property tax to 67.25 cents and an 8.5 percent increase in city water and sewer rates.

At the final budget work session on Thursday, June 15, Jaiyeoba recommended raising fees by $800,000. However, no breakdown of what fees were being raised to generate an additional $800,000 in revenue was listed and no city councilmember requested more information on the proposed fee increase.

The increase in fees was part of the recommendation made by Jaiyeoba to raise police starting salaries to $55,000 a year and starting salaries for city hourly employees to $18 an hour.  The original recommended budget had police starting salaries at $52,400 a year despite the fact that the City Council had voted to increase police starting salaries to $57,000.

While the City Council does not usually take official votes at work sessions, the majority of the City Council expressed support for the changes proposed by Jaiyeoba to the original recommended budget.

One of those changes was to remove $600,000 for Participatory Budgeting from the budget.

Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Councilmembers Zack Matheny and Marikay Abuzuaiter expressed opposition to the budget with the 4 cent tax increase and police starting salaries below what the City Council had requested.

However, Councilmembers Yvonne Johnson, Nancy Hoffmann, Sharon Hightower, Tammi Thurm, Hugh Holston and Goldie Wells all expressed support for the revised recommended budget and that is more than enough votes to pass the recommended 2023-2024 fiscal year budget that will go into effect on July 1.