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by Keith T. Barber and Jordan Green

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Greensboro taxes to remain the same

The Greensboro City Council passed a $421.9 million budget on June 23 with no tax increase and no water rate hike. The budget keeps the tax rate at 63.5 Items from across the Triad and Beyond, compiled by Keith T. Barber and Jordan Green cents per $100 valuation of property. Interim City Manager Bob Morgan had suggested the possibility of raising water rates, but District 5 Councilwoman Trudy Wade argued that the city should relieve city residents of the additional cost. The budget passed 7-2, with at-large Councilwoman Mary Rakestraw and District 4 Councilman Mike Barber casting the dissenting votes. “I think we left a lot on the table,” Barber said, explaining his vote. “I suggested that we put a small amount of municipal solid waste that in a part of the [White Street] Landfill that has not been closed…. That would yield enough [cost savings] to fully fund the library.” For her part, Wade said, “Personally, I would have liked to see a tax decrease, but there weren’t the votes to do it. Also, there isn’t an increase in the water rate, which was important to me.” — JG

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