Category: Advocacy

Commissioners Approve $500 Million Budget that Lowers Taxes and Invests in Community

Forsyth County commissioners unanimously approved a $500 million budget that lowers the property tax rate by 6.57 cents while maintaining services and investing in the community.   The budget lowers the tax rate to 67.78 cents per $100 of property value, a significant reduction from the current 74.35 cent rate. This is due to the year’s strong property tax revaluation, which increased the estimated revenue from each penny… Read More »

Emergency Rent Assistance Program Launches in Forsyth County

Forsyth County and the City of Winston-Salem are now offering financial assistance to low-income residents who are behind with rent or utilities due to COVID-19.   The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) offers assistance to pay rent and utility bills, including electricity, water and sewer, natural gas, propane and internet.  Landlords can assist tenants by providing information about the program. They may also be asked to provide… Read More »

Phased Reopening Progresses Under NC Executive Order 204

In what amounts to a significant step towards easing restrictions at North Carolina businesses, Governor Roy Cooper announced that NC Executive Order 204 would go into effect this Friday, March 26. Its primary purpose is to establish new guidelines for capacity limits at various places of business. Wearing a mask while in public and practicing… Read More »

American Rescue Plan

President Biden plans to sign the American Rescue Plan (ARP) into law by close of business on Friday, March 12. The COVID relief legislation has been passed by Congress, and just needs a signature from the White House. The pandemic has put a strain on individuals and businesses, and this bill provides direct aid to… Read More »

Phased Reopening & PPP Targeted for Small Businesses

New Executive Order Eases Restrictions As a result of cases and other key metrics trending downward, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 195 that will ease gathering and occupancy restrictions and end the modified Stay at Home Order. Executive Order No. 195 has two general categories of occupancy restrictions: 30% capacity and 50% capacity. Because indoor… Read More »

COVID-19 Updates

Extra Time for Extra Credit In sports, extra periods of play are always satisfying. In parenting, extra time to receive money is a championship-level win. Thankfully, parents with school-aged children who missed out on a $335 relief payment from the state will get another chance to receive the funds thanks to a new piece of… Read More »

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