Local Politics

Durham County OKs budget, sets tax votes

Posted June 28, 2011

— The Durham County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved a $474.6 million budget for the fiscal year that starts Friday and agreed to place two sales tax votes on the November ballot.

The 2011-12 budget maintains Durham County's property tax rate of 74.59 cents per $100 valuation. The spending plan includes raises for county employees and fully funds the requests of Durham Public Schools.

Twenty positions, including six that were vacant, were eliminated in the budget, but funds were set aside for 11 new positions, including four maintenance workers at the new Human Services Complex and four workers in county libraries.

The commissioners unanimously approved asking voters this fall to support a quarter-cent sales tax increase for education. County Manager Mike Ruffin estimated that the increase would generate about $9.2 million a year, with the bulk going to the school district. Durham Technical Community College and local pre-kindergarten programs also would benefit.

The board also unanimously approved a referendum on a half-cent tax to improve public transportation.


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  • hp277 Jun 29, 2011

    And Becky Heron resigned from the Board of County Commissioners. Hooray! After almost 40 years on the Board, she's finally leaving!

  • boneymaroney13 Jun 28, 2011

    Vote the clowns out!

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 28, 2011

    Taxes and bonds for Durham. Pay attention Wake. Yours comes next year. For both.

  • Just the facts mam Jun 28, 2011

    I thought Durham just raised it taxe rates? Well at least the citizens will have a choice as far as if they want their taxes even more or not...

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 28, 2011

    Since it's public records, who gets the raises?

  • no contest Jun 28, 2011

    The popular vote in Durham thinks that money comes from "Obama's stash" or that it grows on special government trees somewhere.

  • lb27608 Jun 28, 2011

    "I feel so sorry for the residents in Durham."

    Why? They didn't raise the property tax rate. The other tax increases will be decided by popular vote. Where's the problem?

  • no contest Jun 28, 2011

    I have lived in several different states and worked to pay taxes in all of them.

    Without fail, everywhere I have lived, if the government wants some more tax money they ALWAYS throw in that it is for "the children" or that it is for "public safety". They have been fooling the sheep for decades with that line.

    There may be a VERY SMALL amount that may in some round-about way go for "the dear little children" or the so-called "public safety" but you need to think of the unions on both of those issues.

    Think of the states that have lotteries to help support education. Ha ha ha ha ha. Fooled the sheep again.

  • Been there once Jun 28, 2011

    With the bulk going to schools. Where does the rest of it go?

  • Rebelyell55 Jun 28, 2011

    I feel so sorry for the residents in Durham.