Greenville City Council nears end of budget process as new proposal emerges

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Greenville City Council is set to finalize how to spend millions of taxpayers’ dollars in the new budget Thursday night.

It comes after a heated debate between councilmembers at a public hearing earlier this month.

Controversy throughout the budget process has centered around whether to raise taxes. The budget proposed at the last meeting would increase taxes, yet, now there’s a new proposal to consider.

Councilmembers McLean Godley, PJ Connelly, and Kandie Smith are introducing an alternative budget plan Thursday night. It’s a revenue-neutral budget, which would keep tax rates at current levels.

The new proposal has a few key differences:

  • Allocates $440,000 to pedestrian safety improvements
  • Boosts funding for road repair to $5.75 million
  • Adds $350,000 for led street lights
  • Adds $140,000 for neighborhood security cameras

“It kind of comes down to wants and needs. One of the things that was real disheartening in this last budget that was proposed and they voted for on the 6th was it was a lot of pet projects and it was things that were wants in our community and there’s several needs in our community,” said Councilmember Connelly.

Opponents say this proposal comes too late in the game and doesn’t have enough funding for additional police personnel or street repair.

The council is set to vote on the budget at its meeting Thursday at City Hall at 6 p.m.

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