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Proposed Durham County budget includes tax increase

Posted May 28, 2014

— The 2014-15 budget that Durham County Manager Wendell Davis rolled out Tuesday night to the Board of Commissioners calls for a 2.73-cent increase in the county's property tax rate.

The proposed increase would add about $41 to the annual tax bill for a $150,000 home. If the increase is approved, Durham County's new tax rate would be 80.17 cents per $100 valuation.

Davis called the $552,364,861 spending plan a “maintenance budget” that provides no new services and primarily shores up existing service levels.

Of the proposed increase to the tax rate, 0.86 cent would go to debt obligations on financed projects, 0.87 cent to General Fund operations and 1 cent to support “human capital,” or the initial implementation of an employee compensation study, Davis said.

The budget is 4.92 percent larger than the 2013-14 budget. Funding to Durham Public Schools is mostly flat, Davis said, noting the district would receive $118.9 million for operations, $1.4 million for capital projects and $30.2 million for debt service from the county.

The Board of Commissioners has scheduled work sessions at 1 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. Friday and 1 p.m. on June 10 and June 12 to review the budget. A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. June 9.

Commissioners are expected to vote on the final spending plan on June 23. The new fiscal year begins July 1.


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  • Namey Names May 28, 2014
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    Disturbing... No pay raises in years for state employees - yet another thing to go up. Lol at funding a "study"... How about using that money for raises

  • bugleyjeep83 May 28, 2014

    Oh joy....our property taxes are almost 3x those of neighboring counties already....

  • WralCensorsAreBias May 28, 2014

    If you base on their crime alone I could see justification for a doubling of their property taxes.


  • meeper May 28, 2014

    Of course there's a tax increase. Liberal socialist Democrats are in charge of the city and county. This isn't news.
    There will always be a tax increase because they will never tire of spending other peoples money.
    As long as Duke remains in Durham this socialist government will remain propped up. If Duke were to move to Seattle Durham would be the next Detroit due to the governments out of control taxing and spending.

  • CAM May 28, 2014

    A reason why I work in Durham and live elsewhere. Property taxes are way too high for what is offered in return. BTW, what is the funding for the "employee compensation study"? Sounds like this is something that could be omitted instead of raising taxes to pay for. Again, i'll have to get more information before I knock it too much.

  • Al Smith May 28, 2014
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    Over $1200 a year in property tax for a $150,000 house? That's an entire month's mortgage payment. That's crazy.

  • mike275132 May 28, 2014

    More Taxes , More Government and More Crime .....

  • Joseph Smith May 28, 2014
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    Businesses pay property taxes as well. Glad i don't live there.

  • 68_dodge_polara May 28, 2014

    Well you didn't think it was going to decrease did you?

    This is what happens when we can't seem to say no to any bonds they put before us.