The Greensboro City Council may discuss the 2021-2022 budget at the work session on Tuesday, May 11 beginning at 2:30 p.m.
A budget discussion has been on the agenda for the previous two work sessions and has not been discussed, but May 11 could be the day. City Manager David Parrish is scheduled to present his budget proposal to the City Council on May 18, which means the City Council is running out of time to provide input for the manager’s proposed budget.
The current City Council has rarely made significant changes to the manager’s proposed budget. Funding has been added for particular nonprofit organizations, but the City Council has rarely had much input in the budget development process.
The good news is that the preliminary budget presentation recommends maintaining the current property tax rate of 66.25 cents. At that rate, property tax revenue is projected to increase by $3.7 million or 2.1 percent to $182.4 million.
Sales tax is projected to bring in $67.6 million, which is $15.6 million or 30 percent higher than the revised estimate for the current year.
The preliminary budget calls for adding 12 new city employees other than police in fiscal year 2021-2022, and six more in 2022-2023.
The Police Department is slated to receive an additional $2 million for new positions and increased compensation across the board. The preliminary budget calls for adding eight new police officers in 2021-2022 and eight more in 2022-2023. There is also an additional $1 million allocated for raises for police officers. The entry level salary for police officers will be raised to $40,212 and compensation across the board will be increased in accordance with that increase.
The preliminary budget allocates $4.4 million of the $56.6 million the city is receiving in American Rescue Plan funds to balance the budget.
The preliminary budget for the Greensboro Coliseum including the Stephen Tanger Center for the Performing Arts anticipates operations at full capacity beginning in September.
There are tax increases. Real estate will be reevaluated and the water bill is increasing.
The addition of 16 new police officers in two years does not even cover the attrition rate. Another mask covering the defund-the-police narrative.
Wait?!? Did you take the time to read the article?!? Sounds like the proposed influx of MILLIONS of dollars is quite the opposite of de-funding. Raises across the board – isn’t that the opposite of defunding?
Can you help us locate evidence? Remember that word
Well, now we know why Parrish is leaving… He didn’t feed the cash cows what they wanted to hear and instead looked out for the taxpayers. They’ll probably praise his efforts & then add a bunch of whimsical fluff and then hit ol’ John Q up for the balance of 2-3 cents on the hundred. The election can’t come soon enough!
The City Council is getting RID of another WHITE man. How many more WHITE men do they have to get RID of to get RID of ALL WHITE men? Their RACISM is destroying Greensboro.. The next WHITE man who tries to help the citizens of “OUR” City will be next!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously? Not sure how you finagle reverse racism into an article about taxes and proposed budgets. No one is being run out.
Why does race have anything to do with this?