Greenville City Council unanimously gave final approval to a $237 million budget that puts significant focus on traffic and safety improvements, sidewalks, sewer system upgrades and additional personnel to improve customer service.
The City will also make targeted investments to support Council priorities including Neighborhoods & Affordable Housing; Economic Development; Recreation, Open Spaces & Sustainability; Mobility and Public Safety.
The City will deliver on infrastructure investments including Neighborhood Infrastructure Bond projects, special emphasis neighborhood sidewalks and a new public safety campus.
- $13.4 million from general fund for capital improvements including:
- $2 million for affordable housing (up $1 million from last year)
- Nearly $5 million for economic development initiatives
- Funding for sidewalks, traffic calming, bike/pedestrian infrastructure
- Targeted traffic and safety improvements on Academy Street, Augusta Street, Stone Avenue and Wade Hampton Boulevard
- $5 million for sewer system improvements
- $2 million for the Swamp Rabbit Trail underpass at Verdae Boulevard
- $1.5 million for additional Swamp Rabbit Trail connections to Laurens Road and surrounding neighborhoods
- $1.7 million in parking upgrades – including space sensors and counters
- $1.3 million for stormwater system improvements
- $1 million for greenways and trails projects
- Zoo facilities, exhibits and customer experience
- Additional funding for United Housing Connections for homeless support services
- Additional building codes and fire inspection staff to accelerate the permitting process
- Additional Parks, Recreation and Tourism staff to provide excellent customer experiences
- Project management staff to deliver on infrastructure plans
- Moderate but sustained growth in all revenue sources (FY23 revenue projections estimated about 3.3% over current year)
- Business licenses – over half of renewing businesses are paying lower fees under the new ordinance; business revenues are trending up by 16.5%
- Tourism taxes (hospitality, accommodations) are at historic highs, outpacing our conservative budget estimates and pre-COVID norms
Proposed Revenue Adjustments
- Sewer fee – 3.5% increase
- Solid waste fee – $1 monthly increase
Note: The fee has not been adjusted since 2017. This increase will create capacity for better trash services at neighborhood parks.