Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Winston-Salem is the fourth largest city in North Carolina. The 2010 census reported the population at 229,617, making it the largest city in Forsyth County and the county seat. Winston-Salem is the second largest municipality in the Piedmont Triad region and is home to the tallest office buildings in the region, such as 100 North Main Street. It is called the "Twin City" for its dual heritage and "City of the Arts" for its dedication to fine arts and theater. "Camel City" is a reference to the city's historic involvement in the tobacco industry related to locally based R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's popular Camel cigarettes. Many locals use "Winston" in informal speech.[1]

Elected Officials

Name Title
Allen Joines Mayor
Denise Adams Councilmember
Wanda Merschel Councilmember
Vivian Burke Councilmember
Derwin Montgomery Councilmember
Robert Clark Councilmember
Dan Besse Councilmember
James Taylor, Jr. Councilmember
Molly Leight Councilmember

Administrative Officials

Name Title
Anne Jones Director Budget & Evaluation
Angela Carmon City Attorney
Lee Garrity City Manager
Renee Phillips City Secretary
Ritchie Brooks Director Community & Business Development
Melton Sadler Director Emergency Management
Robert Prestwood City Engineer
Denise Bell Chief Financial Officer
Antony Farmer Fire Chief
Wanda Allen-Abraha Director Human Relations
Carmen Caruth Director Human Resources
Ed McNeal Director of Marketing & Communications
Paul Norby Director Planning
Scott Cunningham Chief of Police
Tim Grant Director Parks and Recreation
Toneq’ McCullough Director Transportation
David Saunders Director Utilities


The general fund for FY2011-12 is $390.6 million. The largest expenditure is environmental health (40.7%), followed by public safety (21.9%), debt service (11.4%), transportation (8.9%), recreation and culture (5.2%), community and economic development (4.7%), interdepartmental services (2,9%) and human resource management (2.4%).[2]


The city of Winston-Salem received $47,456,760 in federal stimulus money through 92 grants and no contracts.<.ref>Winston-Salem Federal stimulus</ref>

Local taxes

Property taxes generate the second-most amount of revenue for the city, generating 25.5%. Sales taxes generate 7% of revenue, and charges for services generate 31.3%.

Property tax revenue fell 0.2% from FY2010-11 to FY2011-12 ($99,594,680). Sales taxes increased 6.3% from FY2010-11 to FY2011-12, generating $27,509,630.[3]


See also: North Carolina state government salary


See also: North Carolina public pensions


See also: North Carolina government sector lobbying

Website evaluation

Budget P
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 Y
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Lobbying N
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Public Records N
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Local Taxes P

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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of North Carolina city websites

This information was last reviewed on June 15, 2012.

The good

  • The current budget is published[4]
  • The calendar of meetings 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 posted[11], including approved contracts over $10,000[12]
  • Tax revenues are available[13]

The bad

  • Archived budgets are unavailable.
  • Public records forms and contact information is unavailable and a search does not turn up any relevant results.
  • A link to tax rates is unavailable.
  • Lobbyists, lobbying memberships and associated fees are unavailable.

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