The city’s proposed employee assistance program has no salary cap
The proposal for the City of Greensboro to offer mortgage and rental assistance to city employees includes nearly all city employees.
According to a presentation at the Greensboro City Council’s Thursday, Oct. 13 strategy session – unlike the city’s current first-time homeowner mortgage assistance program, which has an average income cap, there would be no income limit for city employees who are eligible to receive up to $15,000 in mortgage or rental assistance from the city.
Leaders said the program will be available to all city employees who are not on salary.
According to the Greensboro Human Resources website, the top non-executive salary for city employees is $173,721. This is the highest salary in the “general” category, and the presenters, who did not identify themselves, said that the program will cover all employees in the general salary category. The lowest salary at the executive level is $94,575. So, according to the presentation, a G25 general employee with the city of Greensboro making $173,721 would qualify for mortgage or rental assistance from the city, but an “executive employee” making $94,575 would not.
Those salaries are for the 2021-2022 fiscal year and do not include the raise city employees received in the 2022-2023 budget, which included a tax increase of about 30 percent to pay for raises for all city employees, among other things.
The city council had no problem offering mortgage assistance to all city employees in the general pay category.
City Council member Marikay Abuzuaiter said, “I think this is something that is definitely needed in this economic era that we’re in.”
Abuzuaiter added: “I don’t see anything negative about it at all.”
And to re-emphasize the point, she repeated: “I don’t see anything negative about it at all.”
City Council member Nancy Hoffmann said, “This is great. I am really happy that you introduced this to us. If you live in the city where you work, you have a much better understanding of that city and its neighborhoods and its infrastructure.” (To qualify for assistance, residence must be within city limits.)
City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba, who participated in the meeting via Zoom, noted that there is an affordable housing crisis in the city and when the program was presented to him a few weeks ago, he decided it was something the City Council should consider.
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