The municipal council adopts the 2022-20223 budget with a tax increase of nearly 9 cents

If you love bloated, out-of-control government spending, you’ll love Greensboro’s new budget.

On Tuesday, June 21, Greensboro City Council passed a 7-2 vote on the $688 million budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which includes the largest property tax increase in Greensboro history, as well as the increase in water tariffs, garbage collection and hazardous waste. fees and development costs.

The budget sets the property tax rate at 63.25 cents, an increase of 8.69 cents over the revenue-neutral tax rate of 54.56 cents.

Mayor Nancy Vaughan and council member and mayoral candidate Justin Outling cast both votes against passing the budget. In other words, the tax rate was too high.

Outling said raising taxes “isn’t enough.”

He said, “Public safety officer pay is not competitive with the market even as it currently exists, and our peers are also increasing their public safety officer pay.”

Vaughan said the budget included many items she supported, such as increases for city employees, but she said that because of the tax increase, “I can’t support the overall budget. “.

Council member Hugh Holston, who said at the June 14 business session that he could not support the budget with the 63.25 cent tax rate, said if he wanted to see a rate tax rate of 2 to 4 cents above the tax neutral rate, “In my case, I will support the budget as it is.

Holston said a further reduction in the budget would mean a possible reduction in services. Holston did not explain how the city currently provides all of these services on a $619 million budget or why the budget needs to be increased by nearly $70 million to provide these same services after July 1.

The majority of city council members said they supported lowering the tax rate, but they still voted for the massive tax increase.

At-large City Council member Marikay Abuzuaiter and District 4 City Council member Nancy Hoffmann said Greensboro does not have the highest property tax rate of comparable cities in the state.

Hoffmann said, “We don’t have the highest tax rate in the state of North Carolina.”

The highest property tax rate is not a matter of opinion and members of city council can say what they want. However, the fact is that Greensboro currently has the highest property tax rate of the 15 largest cities in North Carolina, despite what Abuzuaiter and Hoffmann say.