Director’s memo shows only 37 new positions in 2022-23 budget
City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba sent a memo to city council members on Tuesday, June 21, saying the number of new employees in the budget was 37, not 61 as had been reported.
However, the “City Manager’s Budget Message” in the “Recommended Budget 2022-2023” presented to City Council in May under “Position Additions (New and Mid-Year) has a total of “69.25” . During the June 14 business session, the revised budget presented by Jaiyeoba eliminated eight new positions from the Greensboro Police Department and the $960,000 to fund those positions from the GPD budget.
The recommended budget revision to reduce the proposed 3-cent tax increase from 66.25 to 63.25 does not mention any other new items removed from the recommended budget.
Other adjustments include $4 million increase in estimated sales tax revenue and $700,000 increase in estimated electric utility sales tax revenue. It also includes using U.S. bailout funds to pay $6 million for facility maintenance and access corridors, reducing the amount earmarked for economic development payments by $2.5 million, and reducing $500,000 the amount of the general fund transfer to the transit fund.
None of these revisions involve reducing the number of positions added to the 2022-2023 budget.
The total of 69.25 on page 7 of the manager’s recommended budget, reduced by the eight police department positions in the revised budget, leaves a total of 61.25.
In the memo, Jaiyeoba does not explain how the 61.25 positions in his budget message were reduced to 37.
Jaiyeoba states that “individual board members have expressed interest in adding allocations to the 22-23 budget for three additional organizations – Forge Greensboro, Greensboro Business League and Historic Magnolia House.”
Jaiyeoba notes that allowances for these organizations are not included in the recommended budget and should be added.
So if City Council decides to add more nonprofit allocations to the budget, the total could be more than the $688 million in the current proposed budget order.