City Manager Presents Recommended Budget for FY 2020-21
During tonight’s City Council meeting, Greensboro City Manager David Parrish presented a $613 million recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.
“This year’s proposed budget maintains service levels and workforce necessary to function during this unprecedented time,” said City Manager David Parrish. “While we grapple with the uncertainties caused by COVID-19, we are prepared to make sustainable investments to position our City for a strong economic recovery.”
The recommended budget maintains the current City property tax rate of 66.25 cents per $100 property valuation. Water and sewer fees will remain the same, and there will be no significant fee changes. There will be no reduction in full-time equivalent staff positions.
The recommended budget includes a reduction on building maintenance projects, reduced debt service contributions, reduced outside agency support, and hiring delays. The City manager recommends deferring the $500,000 in Participatory Budgeting Greensboro projects for one year. Greensboro Transit Authority has a $1.4 million deficit and it is recommended to be offset with proposed fixed route changes but no fare increases.
The City Council will hold a public hearing June 2 on the recommended Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget. Residents who want to participate and provide feedback about the budget can submit their comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will submitted to City Council and posted on the City website the following day. Residents can also learn more about the recommended budget and provide feedback by trying the City’s online budget simulator, Balancing Act.
The manager’s budget presentation and the recommended budget will be available online by noon on Wednesday, May 20.