DURHAM — 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.