Forsyth County commissioners approved a $458.7 million budget that includes investments in education, public safety and human services.
The adopted budget includes a three cent tax increase, bringing the property tax rate to 75.35 cents per $100 of valuation. One cent of that will generate an estimated $3.7 million for teacher supplements in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System. Commissioners plan to repeal the one cent increase if voters approve a quarter cent county sales tax referendum next year that would pay for teacher supplements. The other two cent increase will be used to fund debt service for the construction of the new courthouse.
The budget includes five new positions to help with increasing demands on the Sheriff's Office.
The budget includes a health educator that will work with county departments and community partners on opioid prevention and education.
There’s four additional assistant shift supervisors for Emergency Medical Services to help with increased call volumes, and a fire overlay district tax of .0073 cent for fire districts served by Volunteer Fire Departments that will fund an additional truck to support them.