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Proposed Durham County budget avoids tax hike, increases school spending

Posted May 26, 2015

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— Durham County residents will not see an increase to their property tax bills and the school system will receive increased funding under the county’s proposed 2015-16 budget.

The $564 million budget, released Tuesday evening, represents a 2.5 percent increase over last year’s budget and maintains the county’s tax rate of 79.31 cents per $100 valuation.

Durham schools will receive $152 million from the county, a 1.24 percent funding increase.

Other budget priorities include:

  • Creating a position to initiate the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in Durham County to address challenges faced by boys and young men of color.
  • Adding nearly 20 full-time positions.
  • Creating a new fire district covering areas previously served by the Bethesda and Parkwood fire districts. The Durham County Fire and Rescue Service District will have a proposed tax rate of 0.130 cents while the tax rates for Bethesda and Parkwood will be eliminated.

A public hearing for the budget is scheduled for Monday, June 8 at 7 p.m. County commissioners are expected to vote on the budget June 22.

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