Local Politics

Durham County approves budget

Posted June 22, 2009 9:39 p.m. EDT
Updated June 23, 2009 6:36 a.m. EDT

Money in hands

— The Durham County Board of Commissioners approved an operating budget Monday that included spending cuts but no layoffs or furloughs. The county’s overall budget is down 6.2 percent.

The budget calls for slashing funding to county departments by 6.6 percent in the fiscal year that starts in July. Thirty-three vacant positions will be eliminated and salaries will be frozen.

Funding to both Durham Public Schools and Durham Technical Community College will be reduced by 2.8 percent. The school district is expecting to enroll about 1,100 fewer students in the fall, which would lessen the impact of the cut, County Manager Mike Ruffin said last month.

Thirty-four nonprofit agencies that receive county support will see a 6.6 percent cut.

“We stood together in a year that required great sacrifice, sending a very strong message about how much we worked together to produce a responsible budget,” Ruffin said in a statement.

While the budget did not eliminate services, the recycling permit fee will go up by $20 for city residents who choose to purchase a county permit.