Time flies and Thursday, July 1 will be here before you know it, which is why the Guilford County Board of Commissioners has called a special work session for Monday, April 26 to engage in the process of banging out a new fiscal budget that will go into July 1. 

It will be the second county budget that has been largely shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, and there’s a big twist this year. A new Democratically controlled Board of Commissioners will be making the budget calls for the first time since 2011. 

The process will be led by Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston, who pledged earlier this year that there will be no property tax increase in the county’s next budget, and who, this week, said he was sticking to that pledge.

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners has scheduled the work session for 3 p.m. Monday in the Blue Room on the first floor of the Old Guilford County Court House in downtown Greensboro. The official purpose of the work session is “to review and discuss items under consideration during the FY 2021-22 budget preparation process, and to transact any other necessary business.”

Just over a year after the pandemic hit Guilford County, the public still isn’t allowed into board work sessions, though the county does allow a small number of reporters to attend in person. 

Citizens can watch using GoToWebinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/137660369821208589 by completing the webinar registration, selecting the “Join Webinar” option prior to the meeting’s start, and choosing one of the following audio options: (1) using a computer, tablet or smartphone’s speakers, or (2) selecting “Use Telephone” after joining the webinar and calling phone number 1-877-309-2071 and using access code 166-992-516.

Copies of the agenda for the work session will be available for public review prior to the meeting’s start at https://guilford.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. People can contact Deputy Clerk Ariane Webb at awebb@guilfordcountync.govif they have any questions.