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Durham County's new proposed budget includes no property tax increase, more money for public schools

Posted May 12, 2020 12:12 a.m. EDT

Durham County Manager Wendell Davis

— Durham County will not raise property taxes this year but plans to increase spending for public schools.

During the Durham Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday, county manager Wendell Davis proposed a budget of $675.9 for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which is up 2.68 percent from the previous year.

The budget will keep property taxes at 71.22 cents per $100 valuation.

Durham Public Schools will receive an additional $5.23 million, $3.23 million of which will be allocated toward the operating budget and $2 million to address capital maintenance issues.

County employee health insurance costs will increase by 9 percent for a total of $2.7 million, salaries will not increase and there is a hiring freeze for vacant positions.

In a press release, the county said the budget "shifted significantly between February and the recommended budget" because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The budget is scheduled for approval during the county commissioners' meeting on June 8.

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