Proposed Durham budget increases property tax for public safety, city debt
Residents are being asked to fund a 1.29 cent tax increase to cover city debt and the salaries of additional police officers and firefighters in the city's proposed 2014-15 budget, presented Monday night.Posted — Updated
The $386.7 million budget, a 2.7 percent increase from last year, includes funding for voter-approved debt service costs from previous bonds and covers the salaries of 16 police officers and 15 firefighters that were under recently expired federal grants.
For the owner of a $150,000 home, their tax bill would increase by $19.35.
City Manager Tom Bonfield described the budget as propelling the city forward with increased “connectivity, cooperation, collaboration, innovation and inclusion while meeting community priorities.”
- $6 million for fleet vehicles
Residents are asked to submit their thoughts and questions on the budget through the city’s social media channels for an e-town hall meeting on June 2 at 7 p.m. A public hearing on the budget will also be held on June 2 at City Hall. City leaders expect to approve the budget on June 16.
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