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Greensboro's Budget Proposal Includes Cuts In Services And Added Fees

5:31 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC-- Greensboro's City Budget proposal for the next fiscal year not only includes tightening some purse strings in services, but also adds fees for you.

City Manager, Denise Turner Roth, presented her first budget to City Council members Tuesday night. The proposed budget is $459 million. It comes with $4.3 million in cuts across the board.

A breakdown of budget cuts in services includes: $982,244 in public safety, $715,762 in culture, recreation, and community character, $1,043,194 in infrastructure, $2,350,201 in organization-wide reductions, and $227,569 in general government. It also includes getting rid of 14 full-time equivalent positions but would not impact sworn employees.

So what does it mean for you? Get ready to pay more for water. The budget proposal includes increasing water rates for a second year in a row. If you live in the city, you'll pay a 3.5% increase for water and a 7.5% increase for non-city residents. The increased costs will help offset future regulatory issues, water and sewer infrastructure, and replacement costs according to the budget proposal.

The proposal also includes increasing fees for group usage of Parks and Recreation spraygrounds and added $10 late penalty fee for overdue parking tickets. The proposal also includes development review fee increases.

Here's a look at what the budget proposal includes: $1.29 million for the economic development fund, including funding for the Big Box Loan program, the Good Repair program, the redevelopment of the Renaissance Center and the City's contribution to the $1 million SC2 economic development challenge, $50,000 for a City-wide survey, $40,519 for additional resources for code enforcement and inspections, first-year funding of $70,000 for a newly proposed Office of Accountability.

You can tell City Council members what you think about the budget at its meeting on June 4, 2013. City Council must adopt a budget during its June 18 meeting.

You can review the entire budget starting at noon on Wednesday, May 22, by clicking on Greensboro city budget.

A closer look at the breakdown in budget reductions and recommendations:

Public Safety
• Delay the recruit classes for the Greensboro police and fire departments;
• Reduce the number of school crossing guards funded by the City.

Culture, Recreation and Community Character
• Reduce the number of open-play hours at the Greensboro Sportsplex;
• Eliminate funding for the Greensboro Youth Council Carnival;
• Transfer ownership of War Memorial Stadium to NC A&T State University.

Infrastructure
• Increase fees for planning permits and bond engineering projects;
• Savings realized through recycling materials contract;
• Reductions in landscape maintenance costs.

General Government
• Increase the late fee penalty for overdue parking tickets by $10 after 90 days;
• Eliminate supplemental pay for worker's compensation, reducing the level the City pays to the state mandated amount.

Organization-Wide Reductions
• Reduce Lankford Security contract;
• Reduce internal equipment services charges.

*Information provided by the City of Greensboro via a news release.

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