ARPA Funds Balance Asheville Budget

As is to be expected, public comment on the City of Asheville's FY2022-2023 budget showed little fiscal restraint. People came ready to ask for more, but now Councilwoman Kim Roney has joined Councilwoman Gwen Wisler in realizing funding is finite.

Asheville Adopts Legislative Agenda

Asheville City Council adopted a legislative agenda for the short session of the NC General Assembly. Items included a request for state and federal reparations and a quarter-cent municipal tax for transit.

Reparations Should Involve Mind & Heart

Grant Millin, speaking during public comment before Asheville City Council, argued reason has taken a back seat, behind the good intentions of reparations proposals.

Defund Loses Zest as Asheville Budget Passes

Asheville City Council approved its budget with Kim Roney opposed. Roney wanted more equity and tax relief and would have preferred to freeze 30 police vacancies.

Activists Disparaging Over $2 Million in Reparations

After Asheville City Council committed $2.1 million toward unspecified reparations, a handful of activists demanded another $30 million to zero out the police department’s budget. 

Asheville Budget Falls Short on Reparations

The council is expected to raise the property tax rate to fund aspirational goals like reparations, climate justice, and reimagining the police.

Wrestling with Reparations & How to Fund It

Discussion of reparations dominated Asheville City Council’s annual retreat. Sensing members of the public did not think the city was doing enough, City Manager Debra Campbell wanted to emphasize that council had not dropped the ball. She spoke about how 2020 had been unprecedented for city management. Noting she knew of no other city that […]

Reparation measures approved, not everyone is happy

Asheville City Council’s June 14 meeting approved monetary racial reparations.