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City Edition June 2019
  • $496.4 Million Budget Proposed for 2019-2020
  • Process for Reviewing Election of City Council Announced
  • City Pools Opening
  • Rec Centers to Host Kite-Decorating Sessions
  • WePLAY Movies in the Park Series Returns June 15
  • Now’s the Time to Prepare for Hurricanes

$496.4 Million Budget Proposed for 2019-2020

City services to residents would remain at current levels and the city would raise its minimum pay to $13 an hour under the proposed $496.4 million budget for 2019-20 that City Manager Lee Garrity presented May 23 to Mayor Allen Joines and the City Council.

The proposed budget allocates $368.4 million for operations, $46 million for debt service and $82 million for capital improvements. In order to pay for the bond projects voters approved in November, the property tax rate would increase 4 cents to 63.74 cents for every $100 of value. Absent the bond projects, the property tax rate would not have increased, City Manager Lee Garrity said. READ MORE

Process for Reviewing Election of City Council Announced

Representatives Donny Lambeth and Debra Conrad and Mayor Allen Joines have reached an agreement on a process for evaluating potential changes to the method used to elect the mayor and City Council members.

Lambeth agreed to withdraw House Bill 519 that he and Conrad previously introduced, which would have created a council comprising five members elected by district and three elected at large and would have reduced the terms of council members to two years. In exchange, Lambeth, Conrad and Joines, along with the City Council, will create an 11-member, non-partisan study commission to review best practices relative to municipal governance structure, obtain public input as to the type of structure desired by the citizens of Winston-Salem, and analyze any potential impacts or consequences of proposed changes. READ MORE

City Pools Opening

The city's summer aquatics program is underway! Bolton Pool opens daily for the summer starting June 1. Kimberley Park and Long Creek pools and Winston Waterworks will be open the weekend of June 1-2. All pools except Parkland and Polo will be open the weekend of June 8-9, and will all open daily starting June 12. Parkland and Polo are not expected to open until construction concludes. The aquatics program also offers free swim lessons for children and adults and a Babes in Arms program for parents and children age 6 months to three years. READ MORE

Rec Centers to Host Kite-Decorating Sessions

City recreation centers will be hosting kite-decorating workshops the week of June 3 to help residents build kites that they can fly during the upcoming Flight Festival on June 15 in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Workshop dates and times will vary by center; residents should contact their local center to find out when it will host a workshop. READ MORE

WePLAY Movies in the Park Series Returns June 15

City residents can again enjoy free family-friendly movies this summer at local parks, starting with a free showing of Spider-Man in the Spider-Verse on Saturday, June 15, at Ray Agnew Field on Waterworks Road, next to the Winston Waterworks aquatic park. A food truck will be on site and pre-movie activities will begin at 7:30 p.m. The movie will begin at dusk. Residents should bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. Also showing this summer as part of the WePLAY Movies in the Park series are "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part," July 20 at Oak Summit Park; and "Ralph Breaks the Internet," Aug. 17 at Parkland Park.

Now's the Time to Prepare for Hurricanes

Hurricane season is here and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management is encouraging residents to prepare by updating their emergency plans and supply kits. Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through November.

Forsyth County residents should not assume they are not at risk from hurricanes and tropical storms, says August Vernon, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County emergency management director. Plans should include where to go and what to do if a hurricane strikes, and making provisions for those under your care who are unable to help themselves. Residents should also review and update their homeowners' or renters' insurance policies to ensure they include coverage for damage, natural disasters and flood insurance. READ MORE

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Allen Joines

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Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore
Denise D. Adams
Dan Besse
Robert C. Clark
John C. Larson
Jeff MacIntosh
Annette Scippio
James Taylor, Jr.

City Manager
Lee D. Garrity

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