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Durham Council works on budget

Posted June 9, 2008

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— The Durham City Council on Monday voted to ask the city manager to prepare a budget with an approximately 9 percent property tax increase.

The tax increase will be about $79 on a $200,000 home.

The council plans to vote on this draft of the budget June 16, Durham Public Affairs Director Beverly Thompson said.

Several city entities requested more money, including law enforcement officers.

In this draft of the budget, police officers and firefighters would get raises. Police officers would get $4,340 for the next two years. Firefighters would get $3,890 for the next two years, Thompson said.

Also in this budget, the council has added $500,000 for fuel.

Non-profits, including arts organizations, would receive money on a point scale determined by an application process that includes a breakdown of how money is being spent and how it specifically benefits arts and youth. Organizations scoring 90 or above in that process would get the same funding as the previous year.

New agency funding is being cut by 10 percent, Thompson said.

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