Durham County budget raises taxes 4 percent

CorrespondentJune 25, 2013 

— The Durham County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night to approve a fiscal year 2013-14 budget with a 4 percent property tax increase.

Chairman Fred Foster Jr. voted against the budget, saying the tax increase would burden residents on a fixed income.

“Do we want to be known as the board that taxes and spends?” he asked.

The budget raises the county property tax rate 3 cents to 77.44 cents per $100 valuation. The county tax bill on a $250,000 house would be $1,936, a $75 increase.

Durham County Manager Mike Ruffin has said he also plans a 2-cent property tax rate increase for fiscal year 2014-15. Ruffin had said at the start of the budget process that a 5-cent increase was needed to cover debt service.

The budget includes $119.4 million in county funding for the school system, up from $117 million in the 2012-13 budget.

The increase falls short of the $4.8 million increase the school board had sought but matches what Durham Public Schools Superintendent Eric J. Becoats had asked for in his proposed budget in April.

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