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Durham budget holds taxes but raises new garbage fee

Posted June 17, 2013

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— Durham residents will pay an extra $1.80 a month for garbage collection in the next fiscal year, under a budget approved Monday by City Council.

The $376.5 million budget, which takes effect July 1, does not raise property taxes. The tax rate will remain at 56.75 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The budget is about $3.4 million more than the current year and includes funding for three new positions in the police department’s forensics unit, officials said.

In addition to the new solid waste fee, residents will pay $10 more a month for parking lots and decks and $1 more for special event parking. Council approved water, sewer and stormwater rate increases in May.

City officials said the 2013-14 budget will be posted online by June 30.
 

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  • hp277 Jun 21, 2013

    We appreciate your business, Chapel Hill. Your trash doesn't stay in Durham - it gets shipped to Virginia with Durham's trash.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 19, 2013

    Well, we get your trash but you get our crime.

  • turtledove Jun 18, 2013

    LOL the residents of Durham get to pay for a new garbage fee. How many people know that when Chapel Hill closes it's garbage dump in the next few months they will start hauling their trash to you guessed it DURHAM! So we get their trash and a few fee for the privilege!

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 18, 2013

    "Don’t like it? Don’t use it. Start a water delivery or waste removal company, if you think you can do better. Take some responsibility for yourself."

    But that is against the law. When Durham annexes property they condom wells regardless of the water quality forcing its subjects to use city water. This country isn't as free as some think.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 18, 2013

    Don’t like it? Don’t use it. Start a water delivery or waste removal company, if you think you can do better. Take some responsibility for yourself. Otherwise, it’s like driving an SUV and complaining about gas prices.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 18, 2013

    @whatelseisnew, why do you think that supplying clean water and handling human waste are the same thing and a "ripoff" to not handle them as one unit?

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Jun 18, 2013

    Get ready for MORE and MORE fees.

    What did you think would happen when the GOP lowered income tax rates? It's going to put more taxes (fees) on 80% of NC.

  • publicassistance Jun 18, 2013

    In chapel Hill we got hit with an almost 5% increase in city taxes AND raised fees to pay for employee raises, more benefits, pet social engineering projects, etc.

    The school board is proposing to raise the district tax even more.

    Folks of modest means are being forced out of the "limousine liberal heaven"...

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 18, 2013

    "residents will pay $10 more a month for parking lots and decks and $1 more for special event parking."

    So what is the purpose of these new taxes? Must just be another money grab.

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 18, 2013

    A "fee" is a tax. No matter how the news or goverment try and state it. Any increase in fees is really a tax increase. It's just the politicans way of avoiding the fact that they raise taxes.

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