The 2022-2023 fiscal year budget ordinance, which was finally posted to the website and is scheduled to be voted on by the Greensboro City Council at the 5:30 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, June 21, has some surprises.
The manager’s recommended 2022-2023 budget has increased to $688 million.
The recommended budget presented in May by City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba totaled $680 million dollars – an increase of over $60 million from the 2021-2022 budget of $619 million. That recommended budget set the tax rate at 66.25 cents.
However, some city councilmembers requested that the tax rate be lowered, and the revised budget presented by Jaiyeoba last week cut $1 million from the Greensboro Police Department budget and used some accounting tricks to lower the proposed tax rate to 63.25 cents, which still represents an 8.69 cent tax increase over the revenue neutral rate.
However, in lowering the proposed tax increase, Jaiyeoba also managed to raise the total city expenditures for the proposed 2022-2023 budget from $680 million to $688 million.
So the proposed tax rate increase was lowered by 3 cents and the total expenditures increased by $8 million.
The $688 million budget on the agenda for approval at the June 21 meeting is nearly $70 million more than the budget for the current fiscal year of $619 million.
A year ago in June 2021, then City Manager David Parrish – who is a native of Greensboro and was an assistant city manager from 2012 to 2018 before being named manager in 2018 – recommended a $619 million budget that he said in his budget message, “provides the services necessary and expected, to preserve and support our community and employees, and prepares for the present and future challenges.”
At the City Council retreat in March, Mayor Nancy Vaughan and members of the City Council discussed the fact that the tax rate might need to be raised by a couple of cents over the revenue neutral rate. However, there was no discussion of a tax increase of nearly 12 cents, as was recommended by Jaiyeoba, or even of an increase of nearly 9 cents that is in the revised budget.
Although the City Council did discuss increasing expenditures, no one on the City Council suggested increasing expenditures by nearly $70 million.
You voted them in….now is the time to vote them out, unless you really like all the wasteful expenses YOU get to pay for.
There are two candidates on the ticket running for mayor. They are already on the City Council. How are you going to vote the current mayor out, you ask? Vote for write-in candidate, Chris Meadows. He is native to Greensboro and is very qualified. He is a registered Republican. If elected, he would be the only Republican on the Council.
Alright, Greensboro!!! Way to go! Your new manager is taking more money away from the Police Department, so you can expect violent crime to increase even more this upcoming year!!
The entire city budget needs to be made public, line by line, so that everyone can see exactly where their money is going.
This is such a clown city, infested with communists in charge, and anyone living here and putting up with it deserves whatever is coming your way.
Good luck, Greensboro…
You need to move. I suggest Florida.
Why does Tom need to move? Is that the answer when someone is dissatisfied with the current environment? Spoken like someone satisfied with the current chaos.
Ray must be a biden loving liberal democrat
Ray is getting free handouts from Johnson Cure for Violence also know as “ steal tax dollars from paying tax citizens”
Just say goodbye to Jaiyeoba! $70 Million more than last year? Are you kidding me? Stop giving money away to all these do nothing non-profits that are the payoffs to the council backers, get some council members and mayor who has some sense of fiscal responsibility, and definitely a new manager! This is the biggest slap in the face of taxpayers in the history of Greensboro.
Greensboro does not need a budget expenditure increase of more than 10%. The mayor is derelict in her office if she supports this budget. There is plenty of room in the budget to eliminate wasteful spending that is always present. The $70 million proposed increase needs to be explained and justified, line by line, and voters need to know who is behind this scheme.
Tax and spend liberal plan every time. Especially self dealing and monunment building. Remember these folks also have been giving away city public right of ways to bars downtown and recuse to properly take steps to staff and train a police force. Public safety takes a backseat to grifters habdouts and Broadway retreads for the donor class.
The City Council knew what they were getting when they hired the guy and that is exactly what they wanted. They are in on the plot to ruin our city. This will hurt many citizens of our town and crime will increase many times over. Lets hope that we will be able to leave our homes with out being harmed occasionally and come back home safely. Even the police will not be safe anymore. We thought Satan left town but apparently Satan is still present all around us. Greensboro is about to become a City of crime and hate. The City employees do work hard and are good people but the big pay cheeks go the top personal. Good luck to ALL and lets hope for a better day.
Whatever happened to the government using our tax money solely to maintain our infrasturcture? Why are we allowing them to waste our hard earned money on their own vanity projects and feel good nonsense? Streets, water, sewer, public safety, etc. That’s it guys. It’s simple. This is especially true in a time of extreme inflation, where our dollars are even more precious. Say no to the bloat! We need to retake ownership of our own government. Vote wisely, but please vote.
That’s just the problem though, isn’t it Don? We’re in the “bread & circuses” stage of the republic, and the rabble votes for more.
They see government as Santa Claus.
Remember you’re dealing with a city full of tax and spend emo liberal voters. Constantly voting for tax increases for feel good projects like the virtually unused bike lanes. Now they’re taking a lane out of a busy Holden Rd. I think no one in their right mind should ride on roads like that. I thought they believed Darwin.
ps they paint a bicycle and chevrons on roads with no lanes, cause the think you’re ignorant, looks like to me.
I am glad I moved out of the city. All these extra expenditures go to junk that only moves more homeless in and more criminals in the streets. Congrats Greensboro Downtown was revitalized in the early 2000’s from nothing to a great place to hang out at night. Mayor Vaughn Voted in and now its back to crime and no Late Nightlife