Where are the Greensboro council and mayoral candidates on $135 million in bond issues? | local government

Last month, the Temple Emanuel Social Action Committee hosted a Greensboro City Council Candidates Forum. The group gave the final question to contestants who participated ahead of time and is sharing their written responses with News & Record. Responses were limited to 90 words and were not edited.

The News & Record separately sent the same question to contestants who did not attend the forum. An (i) indicates the holder.

Three candidates did not respond: Sharon Hightower, District 1 (i), Tony Wilkins, District 5, Thurston H. Reeder, District 4.

“The July 26 general election ballot is a $135 million bond referendum. It places FIVE bonds on the ballot and voters will be able to vote “Yes” or “No” on each bond separately. The breakdown is:

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  • $30 million in housing bonds
  • $70 million in Parks and Recreation Bonds (using $50 million combining Windsor Recreation and Vance-Chavis Library)
  • $14 million in bonds for firefighting facilities
  • $6 million in law enforcement facility bonds
  • $15 million in transportation bonds.

“Which is the highest priority for you and is there one you will vote ‘No’ for?”

Greensboro voters are being asked on Tuesday to consider five separate bonds totaling $135 million. The $14 million bond for firefighting facilities would be used to repair and upgrade sites like Station 8 in Greensboro, officials said.


Here are the candidates’ responses:

Mayor Justin Outling: “The housing obligation is the most important on the ballot. The shortage of affordable rental housing for those earning less than $30,000 and affordable homes for those earning less than $70,000 is getting worse and the bond is a positive step, but only beginning to fill those gaps . We must also remember that bonds do not affect money from the city budget. It is simply a commitment for the City to borrow additional money. Housing must be taken into account in the City’s budget and be prioritized more.

Nancy Vaughan, Mayor (i): “My top priority is the $30 million Affordable Housing Bond. In October 2020, City Council passed a 10-year housing plan. It’s comprehensive: it’s reinvesting in our neighborhoods, it’s supporting home buyers a first home, expands affordable rental housing and permanent supportive housing, and supports struggling families at the bottom of the economic scale. rents, emergency repairs and the availability of affordable housing stock I will support ALL obligations.

Marikay Abuzuaiter, in general (i): “I will vote for all bonds. Fire and Law Enforcement Bonds are necessary, Transportation Bonds are for our infrastructure, Parks and Recreation Bonds will improve and uplift East Greensboro and Housing Bonds are necessary for the housing crisis that we know. I believe that the housing obligation is the most important. The $30 million bond will help alleviate the housing crisis. $20 million will be earmarked for affordable rental housing, $5 million for home ownership and $5 million for neighborhood reinvestment.

Tracy Furman, in general: “This is most critical due to the housing crisis and needs to be acted upon quickly to ensure we don’t have grandmothers living on the streets.

“It will be a one-of-a-kind centre, combining the Windsor Rec Center and the Vance-Chavis Library

“We must adapt all our fire stations to the 21st century.

“Police stations should be safe places for everyone.

“I am excited to invest more in electric buses and charging stations. We need uniform bus stops, expand our bus services to support more people in Greensboro.

Hugh Holston, General (i): “I support all five components of the $135 million bond package, with the housing bond being my top priority. With the current national housing crisis, it is imperative that we be strategic in laying a strong housing foundation to meet the current and future housing needs of Greensboro residents. With 5-7,000 new jobs in our city and region over the next 3-5 years, we need to provide families with the opportunity to live in Greensboro to grow our communities and our tax base instead of having them live in other municipalities.

Yvonne Johnson, General (i): “Here are my responses to the respective issues:

“-$30 million in housing bonds

  • Urgent need for safe, affordable and supportive housing.

“-$70 million in parks and recreation bonds

  • Serves hundreds of our youth with healthy activities.

“-$14 million in bonds for firefighting facilities -$6 million in bonds for law enforcement facilities

  • Retention of firefighters and police officers, which has been a challenge.

“-$15 million in transportation obligations.

  • Need a variety of public transport to get people to good jobs, which is important for earning decent wages. »

Katie Rossabi, in general: “The obligations linked to the July 26 election are important. Bonds, however, are loans that the city must repay. With city and county property taxes increased by 30% and 34% respectively in addition to the property’s recent reassessment, this is a huge additional tax burden to pay off these obligations. This will have the most negative impact on our middle and lower classes. We need to use the money we have in our current budget more effectively for these projects and review obligations when the economy improves.

Linda Wilson, in general: “I support the Global Bond Referendum, recognizing that all of these areas need funds to improve our city’s infrastructure and services to citizens.

“I would put housing as a top priority because our city needs to be able to meet the demand for affordable housing and create additional opportunities as the need grows.

“If passed, the bond could support our efforts to make and maintain Greensboro’s status as an incredible place to live, work and play.”

Felton Foushee, District 1: “The housing bond is the most critical of the bonds on the ballot. I am a supporter and lover of our green spaces, but unless we act more intensively on housing, some of our citizens may have no better alternative than to take refuge where they can. to find. Our investments must better reflect our priorities, and our first priority must always be our people.

Cecile (CC) Crawford, District 2: “The highest priority is the housing obligation. Housing is a human right, and I believe that every resident of Greensboro deserves safe housing. With the housing stock so low, we need to focus on more affordable housing throughout Greensboro, as well as renovating hotels and apartments for chronically homeless residents. I wish more money was spent on programs to get kids and teens off the streets with the Parks and Rec link, which includes the Windsor Chavis complex.

Goldie Wells, District 2 (i): “I think the bond that has the highest priority for me is the $70 million bond for parks and recreation, because $50 million will help complete Phase 2 of the joint-use Windsor facility. -Chavis-Nocho. This complex will be the only one of its kind and in the country. It will promote connection and collaboration between the library and parks and recreation departments. And it will be an added attraction and a valuable asset to Greensboro East.

Zack Matheny, District 3: “Public safety obligations are the highest priority.”

Nancy Hoffmann, District 4 (i): “The citizens of Greensboro can vote to invest in the future of our city and our citizens on July 26th. These five bonds will allow us to maintain the growth trajectory we are on by creating jobs and homes for our citizens at all income levels. They will support the police and the fire brigade. They will improve public transport, focusing on getting people to work. They will ensure that our parks and recreation facilities remain first class. This bundle of bonds makes Greensboro the city you’re proud to call HOME.

Tammi Thurm, District 5 (i): “The housing obligation is the highest priority. We must ensure that all of our neighbors have a place to call home where they are not burdened with the costs. This is a key element in improving the quality of life and safety in our community and making Greensboro a safe and welcoming community for all. I’m proud of my work on Greensboro’s first permanent supportive housing project, but we still have work to do. I will vote yes on all bonds.

5 Greensboro bonds totaling $135 million in the city’s vote on July 26. Here’s what you need to know.

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