The agenda for first Greensboro City Council meeting of 2023 on Tuesday, Jan. 3 appears to be dominated by spending the remaining $31.9 million in American Rescue Plan funds.

The city received a total of $54.9 million in ARP funds with the first check for $29.7 million in May 20221 and the second in May 2022.  The ARP money has to be spent by December 2026 or returned to the federal government. However, the City Council doesn’t have to be concerned about that deadline because it allocated the entire $54.9 million on Aug. 16, 2022.  So while the City Council claims to be spending ARP money, it is all smoke and mirrors.  The money the City Council will be allocating is not ARP funds and doesn’t fall under any of the federal restrictions on how ARP funds can be spent.

The City Council agreed at a work session on Dec. 20 to spend all but $3,175,000 on city projects.

According to resolution in the agenda packet the City Council will allocate $1.5 million to Habitat for Humanity, $800,000 to Community Housing Solutions, $500,000 to the Greensboro Housing Coalition and $375,000 to the Greensboro Science Center.

The remainder of the $31.9 million the city plans to spend internally, including $2 million for affordable housing, micro-units and the Down Payment Assistance program.

The remaining allocations are:

Infrastructure Renewal and Economic Development

  • City of Greensboro Sportsplex – Roof Replacement for $1,000,000
  • City of Greensboro Gillespie Golf Course – Course and Infrastructure Improvements for $2 million
  • City of Greensboro Bryan Park North – Infrastructure and Amenity Improvements for $5.9 million
  • City of Greensboro Innovation District – Improvements to South Elm Street for $1 million
  • City of Greensboro – Downtown Strategic Plan Implementation – Container Hub for $1 million
  • City of Greensboro – Downtown Strategic Plan Implementation – Music Hall for $1.1 million
  • City of Greensboro – Participatory Budgeting Implementation – Gate City Boulevard and Elm Street to Revolution Mill Trolley for $1 million
  • City of Greensboro – Tornado Reinvestment for $250,000

Public Safety

  • City of Greensboro – Fire Station Development for $9 million
  • City of Greensboro – Creating Police Neighborhood Hubs for $1 million

Employee/Organizational Support

  • City of Greensboro – Health Insurance Fund Support for $990,000
  • City of Greensboro – Bi-weekly Pay Transition Assistance for $660,000
  • City of Greensboro – General Insurance Fund Support for $1.8 million

In the beginning the City Council agreed to spend the bulk of $54.9 million on a “transformational” project, but that idea fell by the wayside and the City Council agreed on Dec. 20 to spend this one-time allocation not much different than the rest of the budget.