Capital budget slashed in Winston-Salem

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

City employees, firefighters and sworn law enforcement officers will receive pay increases and the city’s minimum wage will rise to $15.45 in Winston-Salem’s $$607.8 million budget approved June 20.

However, the $607.8-million budget includes a substantial cut in capital expenditures.

The budget took effect on July 1.

In his budget message, Garrity said keeping up with inflation is the toughest challenge in preparing this year’s budget.

“While inflation seems to be cooling based on the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate still remains three times higher than pre-pandemic inflation rates,” he said.

The budget allocates $1.5 million for green infrastructure improvements over six years, as one of the city’s strategic priorities, to make funds available for charging stations, solar projects and other initiatives.

In addition, the proposed budget includes $72.8 million in water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure improvement projects, which includes a $40 million upgrade at the Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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