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Durham County Budget of $643M Proposed

Posted May 22, 2007

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— The Durham County manager has proposed a $643 million budget for the fiscal year that begins this summer, a plan that would bring an 8.3 percent increase in spending and a 4.8 percent increase in the property tax rate.

The fiscal 2008 proposal that Manager Mike Ruffin submitted to the Board of Commissioners on Monday evening calls for more spending on schools, Durham Technical Community College, the county's share of Medicaid and county employees' salaries.

The tax rate would rise from 80.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to 84.8 cents. That would allow spending of $642.9 million.

Ruffin told commissioners in his budget message that the state Legislature has to give larger counties more tools than the property tax to raise operating funds.

"It’s not fair to place the full burden for school funding on property tax payers. We just can’t be expected to rely on a tool developed in the 17th century for 21st century needs,” Ruffin said.

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  • BR549-ssdd May 22, 2007

    More money for some elected official to squander or steal.. Go durham!!

  • 68_polara May 22, 2007

    Well I guess we'll just pay them what else you going to do.

  • NC_VET May 22, 2007

    Well here we go again - Government leaders who misuse county funds and then whine that they are not getting paid enough salary, cause Durham City/County to become the highest taxed
    city/county in Triangle, with the worst roads, most crime, gangs, out of control District Attorney, and still approve massive tax breaks for business's to build new malls, condos, and apartment buildings.

    Anyone wonder why Durham is the laughing stock of NC. I sure don't