Budget Cuts May Force High Point Museum Closure
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.