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Durham raises property taxes in new budget

Posted June 21, 2011

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— The $362.5 million budget approved Monday by the Durham City Council includes a half-cent increase to the local property tax rate.

The budget, which goes into effect next week with the start of the 2011-12 fiscal year, also includes pay raises for city workers, new positions and money to rejuvenate neighborhoods, officials said.

The 0.56-cent increase raises Durham's tax rate to 55.75 cents per $100 of assessed value. A house valued at $150,000, for example, would see its tax bill increase by $8.40.

The budget is about $9.1 million larger than Durham's 2010-11 budget, officials said.

City workers will receive 2 percent raises in the budget, with police officers getting raises of 3 to 5 percent and firefighters getting 3 percent. The city also increased its contributions to city worker and firefighter retirement plans by 1 percent.

The budget creates 21 positions while eliminating 10 others. A new position in the Human Resources Department will manage the employee health fund, with an eye toward improving the health of city workers and their families to minimize health care costs.

The City Council also raised water and sewer rates by 4.7 percent and stormwater rates by 8.5 percent, costing homeowners about $5 to $12 extra a month.

The $50.5 million capital improvement budget for 2011-12 includes several water and sewer projects, officials said.


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  • gunny462 Jun 22, 2011

    LOL During a recession? Leave it to the Dems to raise taxes! And for ALL of you who say that you don't mind the increase!? LOL Please get a job, because ANYONE who really works would like to keep as much money in our pockets right now and WE don't worry about what someother guy is making, CUZ IT'S HIS MONEY!

  • Karma1 Jun 22, 2011

    I agree with with cjrogers2000,June 21.
    I don't own a 150.00 home so I have the small tax increase and it will not be a problem. I watch how much water I use and try not to waste it.
    The city employee's were due a raise.
    The problem, is the rich $150.00,and up,want all the service of the city on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week and do not want to pay their fair share for that service.

    I belive the old saying, he who yells first is the guilty dog..

    The poor are paying their bills like they always have. They earn it. The rich, well they moan and grown and blame the world for the dollar they can't spend at the club or give to charity.

    Someone give me some cheese with the wine. please.

  • chevybelair57sd Jun 22, 2011

    isn't this the same city that gave bonus' to city workers? Obamanomics must of sunk in here.

  • edbuck51 Jun 22, 2011

    they seem to rasie taxes in durham nearly every year, I have to contribute to my own retirement account and I got 0.5 % pay raise due to a tough economy, the city should learn to spend what it has wisely

  • meeper Jun 21, 2011

    Wouldn't it be great if Duke would pack up and move across country. The city of Durham would become the Detroit of the south. The libs would scramble like rats!!

  • cjrogers2000 Jun 21, 2011

    This minor tax increase will cost the owner of a $150,000 house $8.40 more a year. As a Durham resident I don't mind paying the addtional taxes. This is not worth whinning about.

  • meeper Jun 21, 2011

    This is news?? Liberals are in charge of Durham, and have been for years. They have to raise taxes to fund their huge social welfare machine.

  • swabby01 Jun 21, 2011

    i'm fine with paying city employees their raise. they are paving my streets, putting out fires, protecting me, picking up my trash. i don't begrudge them a raise or benefits. why are some mad because city officials want to pay their employees? perhaps because your souless corporate bosses took all your benefits and raises away and now you want everyone to suffer.

  • technetium9 Jun 21, 2011

    take notice all of you that blindly vote for every bond put on the ballot. got to pay back the money changers.

  • wiringsolutions Jun 21, 2011

    Until you have worked for the city as a police officer or fire you should not make any comments! It is the hardest and most dangerous city to work for in this state!! Just go to work and enjoy sleeping through the night in your safe bedroom because of the police and fire personnel protecting you!!!