One thing that’s more fun than spending money is spending millions in free money given to you by others.
In that vein, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a work session for Thursday, Sept. 15 to hear more funding requests for American Rescue Plan (ARP) money – and perhaps to vote to hand more of it out.
Guilford County received about $104 million in ARP funds and the Board of Commissioners has been giving it out to towns and cities and using it for county projects and needs.
The Town of Sedalia is one town that hasn’t gotten any of the money yet, however, the Sedalia Town Council recently made a request to the county for ARP money for projects including septic system upgrades and better broadband service.
At the Sept.15 work session, the commissioners will also discuss Guilford County’s employee compensation study. Those discussions almost always end up with the county spending more money on salaries. Every several years, the county commissions a salary study to see if county employees are being paid well enough and every time the results come back stating that county employees are underpaid.
Guilford County Manager Mike Halford has been very generous with county employees since taking that job at the start of 2021, but he frequently makes it clear to the Board of Commissioners that he is going to keep hitting the board up for more employee pay.
The meeting will be held in the John H. McAdoo Room on the third floor of the Truist Bank Building at 201 W. Market St. in Greensboro. The meeting will be open to the public and there will also be virtual viewing options through Zoom and Guilford County’s Facebook page, which will be live-streaming the event.
The Zoom meeting will be at https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1600248455. Viewers should complete the webinar registration and select the option to join from the confirmation email before the start of the meeting.