The Guilford County Board of Commissioners rarely does anything like this, but on Friday, Feb. 26, the board announced that it will hold a special meeting with all of the county’s mayors and town managers on Monday, March 1.

 The 6 p.m. virtual meeting is being held so that the commissioners can get input from town and city leaders on “their goals and priorities for the community” as the Board of Commissioners begins the county’s upcoming budget process.

The meeting, a special-called meeting, came into existence basically out of the blue – with the county only announcing the meeting after business hours on Friday.  The Friday evening notice of the meeting didn’t state the reason for the unique event.

In 2015, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners did hold a mass meeting between itself, the Greensboro City Council and the High Point City Council to discuss the formation of an economic development alliance meant to benefit all three governments.  However, meeting with the mayors from each municipality in Guilford County is extremely rare.

March is the month that the Guilford County Board of Commissioners begins its annual budget process, and this will be an opportunity for the county commissioners to hear from town and city managers, and from mayors, as to which projects and initiatives they would like to see get funded in the county’s 2021-2022 fiscal budget that’s likely to be adopted in June.

This is a public meeting.  Anyone with internet access who wishes to tune in to the historic meeting can use the GoToWebinar platform with a computer, tablet or smartphone.  Just direct the web browser to  Complete the webinar registration and click the “Join Webinar” button before the start of the meeting.