County News | Guilford County, North Carolina

Guilford County will significantly increase support for schools, first responders and essential services with the passage of the budget for fiscal year 2023 (FY2023) by the Board of Commissioners (Board) at its meeting on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

“Our residents are clear on their priorities for investing county taxpayer dollars and this budget reflects the many and diverse voices of our community,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Melvin “Skip” Alston. “This budget supports $2 billion in voter-approved bond investments for better schools and also implements the One Guilford Action Plan by funding the county’s work to maintain safe neighborhoods, improve well-being and give back. every resident the opportunity to build a strong future in Guilford County for themselves and their families”.

The Board of Commissioners, through regular meetings and interactions with community members, also received feedback from thousands of Guilford County residents through a series of community surveys, conversations and focus groups on the impact of the pandemic on the county and investment priorities. The budget prioritizes funding to sustainably meet the community’s school capital responsibilities, ensure the county has the staffing capacity needed to deliver excellent service and results, and improve the situation. financial and fiscal resilience of the county.

In adopting the fiscal year 2023 budget, the Board of Commissioners made several changes to the superintendent’s recommended budget, including adding $3.2 million to the county allocation for Guilford County schools in the aim of increasing the remuneration supplement for directors and deputy directors; $0.2 million to support nonprofits, including Greensboro’s Cure Violence program; and $3.5 million in county and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to improve county employee benefits to address widespread recruiting and retention issues by:

  • Offer a 5% automatic 401(k) contribution to all employees eligible for non-sworn benefits and maintain the current 5% automatic 401(k) contribution to sworn agents.
  • Reinstate the seniority pay system as a strategy to retain top talent, and
  • Increased retention bonuses for Detention Services and Emergency Services positions, including the extension of retention bonuses to additional positions within Detention Services and Emergency Services

Highlights of the recommended budget for fiscal year 2023 approved by the Commissioners include:

  • An augmentation of $82.7 million for Education to support the operations, capital maintenance and debt needs of Guilford County Public Schools and Guilford Technical Community College.
  • A total investment of $254.8 million for schools in Guilford County, including:
    • $244.2 million to support operations, an increase of $19.2 million compared to the enacted FY2022 budget, which represents the largest one-year increase in school funding.
    • $10 million for school capital expenditures, a $6 million increase during the 2022 financial year, to deal with the ongoing maintenance of school assets.
  • $19.7 million for Guilford Technical Community College, a Increase of $1.6 million in fiscal year 2022 for operating and capital requirements.
  • $50 million for future education capital needs based on the $1.7 billion voter-approved bond referendum passed on May 17, 2022. This $50 million increase will begin to fund known education needs. Guilford County School to implement the school’s capital master plan. The county intends to provide an annual investment of $50 million for future education capital needs.
  • 51 new county government positions to serve families, veterans and people with behavioral health needs, and to improve timely inspections and prepare for key economic development opportunities. Many positions are partially or fully funded by federal and/or state funds. In total, the county has approximately 5.3 positions per 1,000 residents, one of the lowest staffing ratios in the state.
  • Continued efforts to align the county’s compensation structure with current labor market trends
  • Demonstrates a commitment to sound financial management by reducing the county’s reliance on savings to balance the budget by $2.6 million. This strengthens the county’s financial position and improves its ability to manage emergencies and maintain service delivery, regardless of the economic climate or outside factors.
  • The enacted budget keeps the county’s property tax rate even at 0.7305 cents per $100 of assessed property value. After reassessment, at the median home value, a homeowner will pay an additional $418 per year or $35 per month in general property tax.

“Over 47% of this total approved budget is spent on education because our children deserve to go to school in clean and safe facilities equipped with the technology to prepare them for their future, and our teachers should be well compensated for the great work they do for students in Guilford County,” Alston added. “Through this budget, we are also investing in our emergency responders and essential community services to keep pace with the needs of our growing community and to provide county services in a fair and timely manner.”

In addition, at Thursday’s meeting, the Board also approved allocating $98,000 of the county’s $104 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to expand a backyard clinic. eviction that supports people facing two-day-a-week eviction in High Point and Greensboro and to improve landlord engagement.

The Eviction Clinic is a partnership between Guilford County, City of Greensboro, Legal Aid North Carolina, and UNC Greensboro Center for Housing and Community Services with support from the Chief District Court Judge and the Magistrate in chief. It provides legal representation, mediation services and assistance with housing assistance applications just in small claims eviction court. The program provides services to tenants and landlords with the goal of helping residents avoid an eviction judgment and stay in their homes. ARPA funding will also support a landlord engagement specialist to help increase landlord involvement in addressing the need for low-income housing and awareness of the county’s housing assistance program.

The 2023 fiscal year begins July 1, 2022 and ends June 30, 2023. The approved budget for fiscal year 2023 will be available on the Guilford County website on Friday. With the fiscal year 2023 budget set, the county is now turning its attention to allocating remaining ARPA funds as well as planning investments for the county’s portion of the opioid settlement agreement.