Budget Cuts May Force High Point Museum Closure

Budget Cuts May Force High Point Museum Closure

10:11am Jun 04, 2020

The High Point Museum is facing closure as the city confronts a $7 million budget shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

City officials have submitted a $414 million budget for the coming fiscal year that includes a variety of cost-saving measures.

Among them is the permanent closure of the High Point Museum. As it stands, the closure would eliminate nine full-time and eight part-time positions.

The News & Record reports that other proposed cuts include the permanent closure of the Morehead Recreation Center and a two-season shutdown of the City Lake Pool.

City residents would see a one-cent increase in property taxes and a 2 percent water and sewer rate increase. And, there could be a hiring freeze on all non-critical city positions.

There will be a public hearing to discuss the budget proposal on June 15.

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