Proposed budget would raise Greensboro water rates

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Property taxes for Greensboro residents aren't currently changing, but city water rates could increase by 3 percent for city residents and by 7 1/2 percent for non-residents.

The rate hike is part of the $450 million budget proposed to the Greensboro City Council Monday night.

Interim City Manager Denise Roth said the proposed budget also includes cuts to infrastructure, parks and recreation, and public safety.  The City would also leave nine of its current positions open.

As a result, property taxes would not increase and the city would not downsize.

"I got a very clear indication from council that they wanted a balanced budget without raising property taxes," Roth said.  "We committed to that... And we were able to achieve that."

The proposed budget is not final. A public comment period will last until June 5.

Council will approved the budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 on June 19. That budget will go into effect July 1.