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Public Invited to Offer Input on Durham Tax Proposals

Posted August 13, 2007

— People living in Durham County will have their say Monday night about two potential taxes. County leaders are considering an additional sales tax or a land transfer tax.

Officials said school systems in the county will need $500 million worth of upgrades over the next decade to keep up with enrollment. County leaders argue the current tax revenue is not enough.

"We're clearly behind the eight ball here and the property tax is just getting squeezed," said Durham County Manager Mike Ruffin.

Ruffin said he believes taking advantage of the new option created by the legislature will help. He wants voters to decide if they can handle a new quarter-cent sales tax or a land transfer tax of 0.4 of 1 percent of the sale price of a home. Officials said either option would bring in more than $9 million in the first year alone.

Residents will get a chance to be heard at the Durham County Commissioners' meeting, starting at 7 p.m. at the Durham County Government Administrative Complex, located at 200 E. Main St. Depending on the feedback, the issues could be put to a referendum on the November ballot.


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  • bluedevl... Aug 14, 2007

    Hp277.....come on do you really think that the money these families are getting goes to support their children?

    are you serious!?

    talk about naive....

    All that will happen is that they will get one month behind on their car, cell phone, and rim payments.

    I live in the real world, how about you?

  • weasleyes Aug 14, 2007

    richard2: LMBO! Truer words were never spoken!

  • hp277 Aug 14, 2007

    bluedevl - 40% or more of the low income people who are on public assistance are children. Is it their fault they are poor? Are you suggesting that children go without food and medical care for a month?

    Very realistic plan you have there.

  • richard2 Aug 13, 2007

    ALL taxes are transfer taxes---- They tranfer it from your pocket to theirs.

  • richard2 Aug 13, 2007

    Tax payers can complain, it won't make any difference. When they get ready to enact more taxes they will. You just need to continue to work so they will have someone to get the money from.

  • Nancy Aug 13, 2007

    but ... but ... but ... bluedevl, people LIKE regressive taxes, at least by the tone of some posts here and those they continue to send back to elected office.

  • bluedevl... Aug 13, 2007

    HP277....let me show you constructive....

    "The dollar cost of North Carolina’s welfare state is tremendous. The combined budget for public assistance programs —cash welfare, Medicaid, Special Assistance for Adults, and other programs either means-tested for low-income North Carolinians or intended for their direct benefit — makes up about one-third of the total state budget"

    1/3 = 33%

    "Gov. Mike Easley signed a $20.7 billion budget bill this afternoon" 7-31-07 - Charlotte Observer (two year budget)

    33% of 10.35 billion is 3 billion 300 million. divide that by 12 months (one year) = 275 MILLION.

    275 MILLION for stopping that program for one month.

    The plan you like.........10 years.

    My plan..................ONE month.


  • bluedevl... Aug 13, 2007

    HP277............was that directed at me?

  • Fun Aug 13, 2007

    Sales taxes if fairest....everyone pays. legals, illegals, homeowners and renters. Might even increase savings rate by making people think twice before spending money.

  • hp277 Aug 13, 2007

    Ooh - that was constructive.