Forsyth County passes budget without tax increases

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--Forsyth County Commissioners have passed a budget that does not include a property tax increase but does cut many county departments and non-profit help by nearly 10 percent.

Commissioners passed the budget in a 4 to 3 split today.

The $394,000,000 budget was balanced by reducing funding for programs like Northwest Child Development, The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, The Kenersville Chamber of Commerce, Experiment in Self Reliance and many other non-profits.

Dr. Tony Burton of the Northwest Child Development Centers says the cuts will be tough, since, "we have families that can't make full payment and we use that money to underwrite and support that."

Commission Chair Richard Linville says most commissioners did not want a tax hike so this budget was the fairest and best way to fill the $1.5 million dollar gap.

"You can take 'x' dollars and only do so much with it. Everybody has to try to do more with less and that gets harder and harder to do," said Linville.

Gayle Anderson, President of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce says after having funding cut every year for the past three another round of cuts makes her job tough when trying to recruit business and jobs to the area.

"We are the job creators the companies grow they invest more it raises tax base and ultimately they (the county) get more money.  It seems to be to me a bit short sighted," said Anderson.

Sci-works and Forsyth Senior Services are some of the few agencies that were spared in the 10 percent funding reductions.

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