State spending isn’t out of control; it’s actually at its lowest point in since 1996-97, according to a new study from the N.C. Justice Center’s Budget and Tax Center.
Elaine Mejia, the author of the study, says these measures give greater context than comparing raw budget totals.
“A lot of people like to focus on the big picture bottom line number, but that doesn’t tell you an accurate number,” she says. “Per person and in real dollars, those tell a very different story than some would like to paint about what has really been going on.”
Durham's Civilian Police Review Board announced this week it is seeking to fill vacancies left by two exiting members. Long-time member and former board chairman Ethan Hertz is stepping down, as well as member Francine Less, said current board Chairman David Harris. Less has been on the board less than six months. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 30.
This year (July 2009 -June 2010), the board heard five complaints from members of the public against the Durham police, Harris reported. One complaint resulted in a hearing in April, and the officer was exonerated, he said.
This continues the trend of few complaints being brought to the board that was highlighted in an Indy story from the fall, which found that the board holds little power. It may not hear complaints unless the police department has first investigated the claims, and the board also may not initiate its own complaints or investigations. No board policies or procedures were changed this year, Harris said.
The board will hold its first meeting of the fiscal year at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, in the second-floor committee meeting room at City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza, downtown Durham.
Read more application details after the jump.