Smaller tax increase proposed for Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem city property tax rate would increase by 3.4 percent, bus fares would remain at $1 and Sunday bus service would be delayed under a budget recommended Tuesday by the Winston-Salem City Council Finance Committee.

The committee proposed a smaller tax increase than the 9 percent recommended by City Manager Lee Garrity last month. The committee also cut about $5.5 million from Garrity’s proposed budget.

The council is expected to vote on the final budget Monday.

The committee reduced across-the-board raises for city employees, voting to give each employee $250 a year rather than Garrity’s proposed $500 per employee. Council members and Mayor Allen Joines will not receive raises.

The committee directed Garrity to cut vacant positions and some management positions to save about $1 million, eliminate a new police recruit class to save about $570,000, and reduce the number of city vehicles that get replaced to save about $200,000.

This article was written by Laura Graff and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.

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