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Durham approves tax increase with $353.3 million budget

Posted June 21, 2010
Updated June 22, 2010

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— The Durham City Council on Monday approved its $353.3 million budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which includes a 2.2 percent property tax rate increase.

At the beginning of this year’s budget process, the county faced a $10.8 million deficit. City Manager Thomas Bonfield said raising the property tax rate to 1.19 cents will bring the total tax rate to 55.19 cents per $100 of the assessed value. Because the average home value in Durham is $161,700, an increase of 1.19 cents raises the average annual tax bill by $19.24.

Bonfield said the property tax increase will continue voter-approved bond projects and supplement Durham Area Transit, which city leaders voted Monday to allow Triangle Transit to manage.

The budget also lays off 16 workers and eliminates 17 vacant positions, suspends merit raises for the year and increases fees for water and sewer, solid waste disposal and parking.

The budget is a 2.2 percent increase over the $345.6 million for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. It also includes $182,516 to help fund the Warrant Control Office and $138,000 to help fund the salaries of two employees in the Special Domestic Violence Court.

For more on the budget, visit Durham's website.


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  • whatelseisnew Jun 22, 2010

    "How about starting to tax people in section 8 housing property tax?"

    Excellent thought, and it should be double the rate.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 22, 2010

    Just say no to bonds. I guess the City figures people are just going to waste that money on food or clothes.

  • justin6882 Jun 22, 2010

    This should make folks in Raleigh feel elated about their $0.37 per $100 of property, tax rate. It's crazy to me that if Raleigh tries to up the property tax rate for almost any reason, there is major backlash, but in Durham it goes up pretty much every year with little opposition...and it's almost $0.20 more per $100 than Raleigh already.

  • BeenHereSince67 Jun 22, 2010

    I guess they'll need all that "extra" money to pay out all those benefits they plan to give to all the new Illegal Aliens that will now flock to Durham after the passage of their new rule. I for one will never again set foot or wallet in ANY business in Durham. Count on it.

  • u stand corrected Jun 22, 2010

    Why was this even reported? Same old same old in Durham!

  • ncguy Jun 22, 2010

    How about starting to tax people in section 8 housing property tax?

  • lrfarms27572 Jun 22, 2010

    back to my point all they have done is pushed the crime out of downtown straight in other areas like north durham.

    displacing a problem does little to solve it.

  • oyid Jun 22, 2010

    We are also changing the landscape of our city: new pro baseball field off the 147, large broadway venue (DPAC - biggest in the state & almost always sold out), encouraging the conversion of old tobacco factories into restaurants & housing, working to end homelessness in 10 years, etc.

    Go, Durham! :-)

    Yea! Good job on the downtown district, i hope it spreads. As I say, the best way to kill off the crime areas is to make it a busy area all of the time...fill in the dead zones with offices complexes.

  • fairyswearboots2 Jun 22, 2010

    More lay offs ??

  • Caveman93 Jun 22, 2010

    Spend, collect and borrow..wash, rinse and repeat. We're so doomed.