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Durham City Council approves tax increase, budget

Posted June 17, 2014

— City council members approved a 2.37 cent property tax increase as part of the city’s $389.9 million budget Monday night.

The budget approval increases the tax rate to 59.12 cents per $100, meaning the owner of a $180,000 home will now pay a $1,064.16 tax bill.

Part of the tax increase – 1.29 cent – will cover voter-approved debt service costs from previous bonds and the salaries of 16 police officers and 15 firefighters previously funded by expired federal grants.

An additional half-cent will cover six new full-time employees for inspecting, repairing, cleaning, neatening and landscaping city parks and greenways.

The rest of the tax increase – 0.58 cent – will cover solid waste fleet capital needs, which were previously collected with a $1.80 monthly fee that was eliminated.

Other budget highlights:

  • $500,000 for deferred maintenance
  • $1 million for street repaving
  • $6 million for fleet vehicles
  • $1.7 million for arts and culture, including the Carolina Theatre, Durham Arts Council, St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, American Dance Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham Blues Festival and other public art initiatives

The 2014-15 budget represents a 3.4 percent increase from last year.


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  • j9us Jun 17, 2014

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    It costs more for the city to deliver services because of the compunction to hire folks not based on their work skills.

  • David Bunn Jun 17, 2014
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    Of course they did. Bill Bell needs to go!

  • Joseph Smith Jun 17, 2014
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    One more reason not to live in Durham.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 17, 2014

    Guess the good new is that at least somebody got a 3.4 percent raise this year...

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 17, 2014

    The city of Durham increases taxes every single chance they get...