City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba sent a memo to city councilmembers on Tuesday, June 21 stating that the number of new employees in the budget was 37, not 61 as had been reported.
However, the “City Manager’s Budget Message” in the “Recommended Budget 2022-2023” presented to the City Council in May under “Positions Additions (New and Mid-Year) has the total of “69.25.” At the June 14 work session, the revised budget presented by Jaiyeoba removed eight new Greensboro Police Department positions and the $960,000 to fund those positions from the GPD budget.
The revision to the recommended budget to lower the proposed tax increase by 3 cents from 66.25 to 63.25 does not list any other new positions being removed from the recommended budget.
The other adjustments include increasing the estimated amount of revenue from sales tax by $4 million and increasing the amount of estimated revenue from the electric utility sales tax by $700,000. It also includes using American Rescue Plan funds to pay $6 million for facility maintenance and gateway corridors, reducing the amount of money set aside for economic development payments by $2.5 million and reducing the amount of the general fund transfer to the transit fund by $500,000.
None of those revisions involve reducing the number of positions added to the 2022-2023 budget.
The total of 69.25 on page 7 of the manager’s recommended budget, reduced by the eight positions in the Police Department in the revised budget, leaves a total of 61.25.
In the memo, Jaiyeoba does not explain how the 61.25 positions in his budget message was reduced to 37.
Jaiyeoba does state that “individual councilmembers have expressed interest in adding allocations to the 22-23 budget for three additional organizations – Forge Greensboro, Greensboro Business League and Historic Magnolia House.”
Jaiyeoba notes that allocations for these organizations are not included in the recommended budget and would have to be added.
So, if the City Council decides to add more allocations to nonprofit organizations in the budget, the total may be higher than the $688 million in the current proposed budget ordinance.
Smells like something you would step in if you own an animal.
This could not happen at a better time in history. Gasoline prices heading North each day, supply chains breaking down, a total recession on the horizon, and even severe food shortages to begin before the end of summer. Is our City Council great? How ’bout the new City Manager? Voters had best get to the polls and PDQ to vote these non-caring representatives to the CURB. It is past time to clean out the current City Council.
These 37 new positions are 37 more positions that will keep their jobs and keep drawing a paycheck the next time the mini-tyrants decide that your job and your place of employment are deemed non-essential.
No government body, whether it’s local, state, or federal, should ever donate money, that was taken from hard working taxpayers by force, to non-profit organizations. If the non-profit is so essential and so beneficial to the city, it should be on them to make people aware of that, and do their own fund-raising. Too many politicians and bureaucrats think they are being philanthropic by donating city funds to their pet project non-profits, but that’s not what it’s called when you’re giving other people’s money away – it’s called theft, plain and simple.
Maybe these non-profits can be called the next time someone’s house is broken into, or the next time there is some gang violence.
Mo’ money to mo’ non-profits. This has to stop!
I have a question for the Council and City Manager. Why is the for-profit Historic Magnolia House receiving taxpayer money? It is a hotel in business to make money. If it needs taxpayer money to stay in business, it should close its doors.
WHY is the Magnolia house getting tax dollars. Does it have non-profit status and if so what is it
It is not “THEIR” money and “THEY” don’t care. “THEY” have plenty of “OUR” money and have no problem giving “OUR” money away.
Apparently the city manager, Tai “Mugabe” Jaiyeoba, the African communist, has difficulty with elementary mathematics.
You’d think we could do better for $6,000 a week…
Hey Austin….doubt a non black candidate was considered for the job.
I think you’re probably right!
WHAT the city manager is black. Gosh I guess I’m color blind. I could put this another way but it would not be printed