With the brand new monetary yr approaching, the Greensboro Council approves the funds | Native authorities
GREENSBORO – City council unanimously approved a $ 620 million budget late Tuesday night that includes higher salaries for police officers and more programs to promote racial diversity in hiring and contracting in the city.
The budget maintains the city’s current property tax rate of 66.25 cents per $ 100 home valuation and proposes a 4.5% increase in the water rate – an increase of $ 2.12 per month for the average water customer within the Greensboro borders.
The city plans to partially cover these expenses with higher income from the collection of property taxes. Officials say this will raise an additional $ 3.7 million as the city’s real estate is valued at more than $ 29 billion – 1.5% more than this year.
With the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Andrew Brown in Elizabeth City, suspicion of law enforcement remains a top concern in communities across the country, and Greensboro is no exception.
Police Chief Brian James said he wanted to make the department more effective and more aware of residents’ needs. Recruiting good officers through better salaries and training them to defuse potentially violent situations are among the chief’s strategies to improve the department.
To get there, James asked the city council to approve funding for eight more officials in addition to the seven posts the department added in December.