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Durham street repairs on ballot

Posted October 27, 2010

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— Voters in Durham will decide next week whether the city can borrow $20 million to repair about 150 miles of streets.

About 600 miles of streets in Durham are maintained by the city, and a survey several years ago found that almost half of them were in poor or very poor condition, Mayor Bill Bell said.

A bond referendum in 2005 allowed the city to repair about 110 miles of streets, and Bell said officials hope voters approve the new bond so the city can finish the job.

Two-thirds of Durham residents respond in city surveys that well-maintained streets are important, he said.

Borrowing the money might add a penny to Durham's tax rate, Bell said, which amounts to about $12 a year to the annual tax bill for a $150,000 home.

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  • davidbh61255 Oct 28, 2010

    Yes, Durham is dollaring us to death with MORE TAXES!! Probably the highest in the southeast!!

  • davidbh61255 Oct 28, 2010

    I see Durham city employees hiding everywhere!! In parks, sitting in trucks parked on the side of the street, waitng for 4 O'Clock!!

  • tgentry1005 Oct 28, 2010

    Durham leadership has ignored roads for years while they have spent like drunken sailors on DBAT, DPAC, bus barns, many other buildings, new fleet of vehicles including new busses but can't find any money for streets unless we tax payers give them more. Then when they do get some paving money they turn the job over to the 3 stooges to manage. Looks like a bunch of small kids made the decision on where to pave and the job done left as many bumps as it was before they paved. Leadership in Durham is a joke and the only thing they know is ask for more money!!!

  • whatelseisnew Oct 27, 2010

    ANd there you have it folks. It is absolutely an excellent time to heap on more debt. Ah why not, your toddler will be happy to cough up his future dollars.

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 27, 2010

    Actually tax man I don't recall a bond the voters of Durham have ever rejected.

  • Tax Man Oct 27, 2010

    So where is the tax I pay with my gas purchases for roads going? If Durham can just cut the unnecessary stuff from the budget and take care of only the necessities likes roads, police, fire and education - we'll have lots of money left over! Stop the spending on non-essential items and you will find the money. I am betting the voters don't want this bond.

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 27, 2010

    I see Durham wasting a lot of money. Roads as well as law enforcement are a necessities they need to get their priorities straight and pay as we go. If we ran our personal finances in suck a fashion it would lead to bankruptcy

  • u stand corrected Oct 27, 2010

    Better roads? Nah! I like the old buggy trails. LOL

  • Durham-Raleigh Oct 27, 2010

    Durham's city government in the 1990s ran road paving into the ground. The road network grew and instead of funding 5% of roads for repaving a year it dwindled to 1%, 2%.

    The current Council is actually FIXING the problem instead of complaining about it. And yes, increasing the annual spending to make sure this does not happen again is something they can commit to.

    Or do you have a better idea?

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 27, 2010

    We passed such road improvement bonds in 2005 and 2007. We are still saddled with debt from those bonds and now they're seriously asking for more? If Durham were to pay for roads maintenance and improvements with out financing them they would get a lot more out of our dollars spent. But it's not their money they're wasting it's ours. I'm so tired of seeing so much waste and incompetence in Durham city government.