The public hearing on the 2022-2023 budget for the City of Greensboro will be held at the Tuesday, June 7 City Council meeting in the Katie Dorsett Council Chamber.
The meeting officially begins at 5 p.m. However, the City Council plans to go into a closed session at that time and the public portion of the meeting should not begin before 5:30 p.m. Usually when a City Council meeting begins with a closed session, the public portion of the meeting is delayed because the closed session runs longer than anticipated.
Those who plan to speak in person at the June 7 meeting must register on the on-site Qminder kiosk by 6 p.m.
This will be a “hybrid” meeting, which means that people are also allowed to speak at the meeting via Zoom. Those wishing to speak via Zoom are required to complete the City Council Virtual Comments Form at jotform.com by 5 p.m. Monday, June 6.
Zoom participants are removed from the call after they make their comments.
The public hearing on the City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba’s recommended $668.7 million fiscal 2022-2023 budget is item H.1 on the agenda after the Public Comment Period and the Consent Agenda.
The Public Comment Period is technically for comments on non-agenda items. Since the budget is on the agenda, those who plan to speak on the budget, which includes a 30 percent property tax increase, should be asked to wait until the public hearing on the budget to speak. Comments on items and issues other than the budget should be heard during the Public Comment period.
The public hearing on the budget is coming after only one City Council work session on the budget recommended by Jaiyeoba. At the May 26 work session, Mayor Nancy Vaughan expressed concern about the tax rate, which in the manager’s budget remained at 66.25 cents despite the fact that, because this is a revaluation year, the revenue neutral tax rate would be 54.56 cents. The revenue neutral rate would raise essentially the same amount of revenue from property taxes as if there had been no revaluation.
Keeping the tax rate at 66.25 cents essentially raises the property tax revenue by about 30 percent.