Greensboro proposes change to noise ordinance

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro City Council will hear from the public next Tuesday over a proposed change to the noise ordinance.

The city put a noise ordinance in place last year after complaints from downtown bars and restaurants. The proposed change would alter the way law enforcement measure the scale of noise to include low sounds such as bass.

"We like to hear our bass," said Shacon Jones who thinks the time city leaders spend on the issue is a waste. "Think about all the tax dollars you could put elsewhere."

The city is currently suing two businesses for violating the current noise ordinance. The businesses say the ordinance is simply unconstitutional and plans to keep fighting in court.

City officials say it is all about finding a middle ground.

"The hope is you set a line that more people are happy with and that it also serves to help the business, but also the people," said city attorney Mujeeb-Shan Khan. "That's the job the council has to try and strike that balance."

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