Proposed Durham County budget avoids tax hike, increases school spending
Posted May 26, 2015
Durham, N.C. — 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.