"...a penny on the tax rate is worth $2.2 million to the city of Greensboro.
City Manager Rashad Young proposed $9.26 million in cuts last week..."
Why not mention the $4.9 million of cash reserves to be spent
Greensboro News and Record, April 11, 2010
*Combining yard waste with leaf pick-up, while eliminating loose leaf collection
*Reducing, but not eliminating, summer park programs
*Limiting bond projects to $40 million
If $1 million in debt not borrowed saves $88 million,
Highlights of the proposed City budget
via press release via Ed Cone, May 25, 2010
Half the work that is done in this world
Elias Root Beadle
"City Budget Designed To Generate Outcry
Across the nation and around the world, because of the recession, governments are making serious reductions in their size and scope of operations. In Greensboro we are continuing along as if everything is hunky-dory and, according to the proposed budget, Greensboro will be taking on $70 million in new debt in the next two years.
...Young made the predictable cuts. He cut services that would result in councilmembers receiving lots of calls and emails.
...How many calls do councilmembers get when the city decides it will stop loose leaf collection in the fall, or reduce library services, or reduce services at city parks? A lot.
...Eliminating school crossing guards involves both children and police. It is difficult to find a cut that has the potential to cause more public outcry...
Evidently, in city manager school, they learn that cuts should be made in places that will make the taxpayers howl. In many cases, then the elected officials will decide not to make those cuts..."
Rhino, May 28, 2010
He who wishes to deceive will never fail to find willing dupes
"Libraries, loose-leaf collection and crossing guards are back.
And a tax cut may be on the way.
...City Council members agreed to keep a variety of services that had been slated for cuts
Didn’t Greece borrow money while simultaneously spending reserves?
...Council members peppered Young with their own budget-shrinking suggestions. If enough of those suggestions stick, the city could be heading for its first true tax cut in decades.
...Young’s recommended $420 million budget had called for service cuts across the city. But council members restored funding Tuesday for many of those items, including:
$600,000 for loose-leaf collection.
$400,000 to make up for Guilford County’s funding cuts to the Greensboro library system.
$90,000 to maintain recreation at city lakes.
$256,000 for school crossing guards..."