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Winston-Salem City Manager Lee Garrity recommended a 1-cent tax increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year in presenting the city council Thursday with a budget proposal totaling $506.9 million.
The current tax rate is 53 cents for every $100 of taxable property.
A tax rate of 54 cents would be an increase of about 2 percent in the tax rate. The owner of a $150,000 house would see a $15 tax bill increase, from $795 to $810.
Property owners in the new business improvement district downtown would see a much larger increase of 10 cents on the tax rate: 1 cent for Garrity’s general increase, and the 9-cent rate that is being recommended to provide extra services such as security and cleanup in the downtown core.
The owner of a $150,000 property would see a tax increase to $945 if the property were in the business improvement district.
Crime Down, Business Up Along Randleman Road In Greensboro.
More than a dozen new businesses have opened up on Randleman Road in the past year, a trend officials say is caused by years of cracking down on crime and forming relationships with businesses and community members.
“We’re looking at doing a lot for the community,” said Robert Spates, who opened Ro-Rees Catering Restaurant with his wife on Randleman Road in February.
Fifteen businesses have opened in the area in the past 12 months — an area once known for its high crime.
Greensboro Police Officer Tom Boyer says – “This is a much better area than people have perceived it to be from the past.” Boyer is a Community Resource Officer for the area.
For the past two years, police have stepped up patrols, created community resource units and
have held monthly meetings with business owners and residents.
“The more people take ownership of the area, the less crime you’re going to have,” Boyer said.
Since 2011, auto theft, home burglaries and larcenies have dropped dramatically.
Motion Passed For Public Prayer – The Alamance County Board of Commissioners has voted to include Prayer as part of their public meetings. Commissioner Bill Lashley moved during a board meeting Monday to have the board conduct Opening Prayers. The board unanimously supported the motion.
The move revokes an invocation policy adopted in 2012, which had required prayer not be listed or recognized as part of public business.
The move to Include Prayer was in direct response to a recent Supreme Court ruling that Prayers used to open town council meetings in Greece, N.Y., don’t violate the U.S. Constitution, according to the paper.
A Need For More Volunteer Firefighters – Volunteer Fire Departments Hope a $1.1 million grant will help them recruit more volunteer fire fighters. The number of volunteer fire fighters has drastically dwindled across the country in recent decades including Forsyth County where about 700 volunteer fire fighters protect the county.
“That number continues to drop,” says Deputy Fire Marshall Tim Whicker. “I remember when we were looking at 1,200 to 1,300 volunteers in Forsyth County.”
If you are interested in volunteering, contact your nearest volunteer fire department.
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