Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask elected officials about their jobs. This week, we address questions to the members of the Winston-Salem City Council about their regular meeting on June 21. The rules are simple: no research, no callbacks.


1. True or false? According to a presentation by city budget director Ann Jones, even with the adopted 3/4-cent property tax increase, Winston-Salem still maintains a lower property tax rate than both Raleigh and Charlotte.

2. True or false? A portion of the Dell reimbursement money will be used to fund the city’s Revitalizing Urban Commercial Areas or RUCA program.

3. True or false. The city’s 2010-2011 budget includes an expansion of the voluntary garbage collection service. About 65 percent of residents already utilize the service.

James Taylor, Southeast Ward: 1. True. [X] 2. They’re going to use some of that Dell reimbursement money for the RUCA program. [ ] 3. True. [ ]

Dan Besse, Southwest Ward: 1. False. [ ] True. [ ] True. [ ]

Denise Adams, North Ward: 1. True [X] 2. We’re using some of the Dell funds; that’s true. [ ] 3. True. [ ]

Correct Answers

1. False. Winston-Salem’s new property tax rate is 47.5 cents per $100 valuation. Charlotte’s tax rate is 45.86 cents per $100 valuation; Raleigh’s tax rate is 37.35 cents per $100 valuation.

2. True. A portion of the Dell incentive payment reimbursement funds will serve as the RUCA program’s sole funding source.

3. True