Guilford County, North Carolina

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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts P
Lobbying N
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Public records N
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Local taxes Y
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Guilford County is one of 100 counties in North Carolina. In 2010, the Census Bureau has the county's population at 488,406. Its seat is Greensboro. Since 1938, an additional county court has been located in High Point, North Carolina, making Guilford one of only a handful of counties nationwide with a dual court system. The county is part of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan area.[1]

Website evaluation

The good

  • The current budget is published[2] and archived budgets are available.[3]
  • The calendar of meetings[4] and meeting agendas and minutes are available and archived at least three years[5]
  • Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[6]
  • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[7]
  • Permit applications are available for download[8] and zoning ordinances are available[9]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[10]
  • Bids are partially posted[11]
  • Tax revenues are available[12] and tax rates are published[13]

The bad

  • Must visit multiple sites to view bids and must login to see detailed information; awarded contracts are unavailable and a search of contracts does not generate relevant results.
  • A link to requesting public records, a public records contact and associate forms is unavailable and a search does not generate relevant results.
  • Lobbyist information, memberships to government sector lobbying associations and associate fees are unavailable.

Elected Officials

Name Title
Melvin (Skip) Alston Commissioner
Bill Bencini Commissioner
Kay Cashion Commissioner
Carolyn Coleman Commissioner
Bruce Davis Commissioner
Paul Gibson Commissioner
John Parks Commissioner
Kirk Perkins Commissioner
Linda Shaw Commissioner
Mike Winstead, Jr. Commissioner
Billy Yow Commissioner

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Michael Halford Director of Budget Department
Effie Varitimidis Clerk to the Board
Fred Jones Facilities Director
Reid Baker III Finance Director
Sharisse Fuller Director Human Resources
Barbara Weaver Director Information Services
Mark Rogers Internal Audit Director
Mark Payne County Attorney
Betty Garrett Interim Department Director Planning
Bonnie Stellfox Purchasing Director
Ben Chavis Director Tax Department


The general fund for FY 2012 is $579,851,333. Operating expenses account for 47% of expenditures ($272,889,680), followed by personnel services at 31% ($178,652,929), debt payments at 15% ($88,530,030), human service assistance 6% ($36,074,994), and capital outlay at 1% ($3,703,700).[14]


In two contracts and forty-two grants, Greensboro, the county seat of Guilford County, received $32,694,610.58 in federal stimulus money.[15]

Local taxes

Property taxes account for $343,539,333 (59%) of revenue, followed by federal and state funds generating $98,400,961 (17%), sales taxes generating $60,000,000 (11%), user charges generating $39,479,220 (7%), and fund balance generating $29,613,716 (5%).[16]


See also: North Carolina state government salary


See also: North Carolina public pensions

Emergency personnel


See also: North Carolina government sector lobbying

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