Greenville City Council considers adjusted budget amidst controversy

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Greenville City Council continues budget talks, getting its first look at the adjusted proposal for the next two fiscal years on Monday.

It’s not without controversy. council members are at odds over what residents pay in taxes. Some are pushing for a budget with a revenue-neutral property tax rate. Others are pushing to keep rates the same, which would increase what Greenville residents pay.

The adjusted budget Council will consider Monday night reflects the revenue-neutral rate. Some councilmembers say that would give Greenville residents a much-needed tax break. Opponents, including Mayor Allen Thomas, say maintaining the current rate would allow for greater economic development over the next decade.

The newly proposed budget only adds up to 3 fire-rescue positions and 2 to 4 police positions, which is far fewer than the 10 requested by Chief Mark Holtzman. Other concerns include funding for road repairs.

The adjusted budget also allocates nearly $160,000 to the Town Common project

Greenville City Council meets Monday at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

Council will hold a public hearing on the $130 million budget June 6 and consider adopting the budget June 16.

To learn more about the first budget proposed on May 9, read our previous story.

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