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Cary approves $261 million budget with no property tax increase

Posted June 26, 2014

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— Town council members on Thursday approved a $261 million budget, which doesn’t includes a property tax increase but has several fee increases:

  • Building permit fees will increase by about 5 percent
  • Water and sewer rates will increase 3.5 percent, about $2.21 more per month for residents using 4,500 gallons of water

The budget also funds a number of new positions:

  • Six police officers for a new patrol beat in northwestern Cary
  • A code enforcement chief
  • A zoning compliance officer
  • A wastewater systems technician
  • Converting the therapeutic recreation specialist from a part-time position to full-time

“With improvements in the national economy now slowly making their way to the local level, we’re in a somewhat better position this year to be able to address our community’s expectations for excellent service,” Town Manager Ben Shivar said in a statement.

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  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 27, 2014

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    Duke paid 7.3 million dollars in taxes and fees to Durham in 2007. Wow much does SAS pay to Cary?

  • Thereisnopoint Jun 27, 2014

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    Maybe you should check the tax records for both, most of duke is tax-exempt. Duke's economic impact is massive, but they don't pay for it.
    SAS on the other hand does.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 27, 2014

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    And Durham has Duke University and yes they pay taxes unlike the state schools. Duke's economic impact on the city and county of Durham is in the billions.

    tbed.org/wp-content/uploads/Dukeeconomicimpact_0405.pdf

  • Steve Faulkner Jun 27, 2014
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    I am actually surprised the total is that low.

  • Thereisnopoint Jun 27, 2014

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    Yeah it is when SAS is paying half the city's taxes

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 27, 2014

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    Oh we're not with our fees being raised as well and on top of tax increases.

    Water bill
    service charge last year $5.77 this year $6.15
    volume charge last year $3.67 this year $3.75

    source:
    http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/dwm/Pages/Tiered%20Water%20Rates.aspx

  • common tater Jun 27, 2014

    I was with the rest of you till the last bullet...therapeutic recreation specialist. Not sure I'd want to pay more for water, to fund that position.

  • Deb Rodgers Jun 27, 2014
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    Our federal gov't could benefit by getting a lesson in economics from them!

  • Jason Grantham Jun 27, 2014
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    Imagine how nice the budget would be without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on ugly sculptures and stain glass windows at the new fire dept...

  • Jason Grantham Jun 27, 2014
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    I agree but they know about it but have excuses why there isnt one there...

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