Durham County Manager Proposes a Property Tax Hike to Pay for Schools, Growth | Triangulator | Indy Week
Pin It

Durham County Manager Proposes a Property Tax Hike to Pay for Schools, Growth 

davis.png

Durham's county manager is pitching a three-cent property tax increase to help the county fund public schools, pay off debt, and keep up with operational growth.

The increase would raise property taxes for Durham County residents from 74.04 to 77.04 cents per $100 of property valuation. The annual tax bill for a home valued at $200,000 would go up by about $60, county manager Wendell Davis said during a presentation of his proposed $626.9 million budget Monday.

Of the three-cent increase, 0.75 cents would go to Durham Public Schools, 0.25 cents to operational growth, and 2 cents for debt related to a $170 million bond package voters approved in November. The increase would generate nearly $10.7 million in revenue for the next fiscal year.

The city of Durham is also proposing a property tax increase of 1.79 cents for the 2017–18 fiscal year, bringing the city's property tax rate to 57.86 cents per $100 of valuation.

Education continues to be the largest share of the county's budget. Davis is recommending $132.7 million for DPS, an increase of about $4.76 million from the current fiscal year but $7.67 million less than the school system requested. Per-pupil spending would increase by $133.

Davis is also proposing that, beginning July 1, 2018, the county levy an additional one cent in property tax to go toward universal pre-K.  

Davis's proposed budget would also fund about fifteen new positions, including school nurses, paramedics, a bilingual extension agent, a real estate coordinator, and IT personnel. The budget sets aside $900,000 for raises for paramedics and detention officers and $1.15 million for a countywide compensation study and any adjustments it may deem warranted.

A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for June 12 at seven p.m.

This article appeared in print with the headline "+THE TAX MAN COMETH."

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Triangulator



Twitter Activity

Comments

I really don't understand the purpose of this article except to cause dissent. Assumptions and interpretations were made that were …

by Terry Snyder on The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past (Triangulator)

Two points stand out immediately upon reading this account.

If you are going to insist on continuing to use …

by FONCitizen on The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past (Triangulator)

Most Recent Comments

I really don't understand the purpose of this article except to cause dissent. Assumptions and interpretations were made that were …

by Terry Snyder on The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past (Triangulator)

Two points stand out immediately upon reading this account.

If you are going to insist on continuing to use …

by FONCitizen on The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past (Triangulator)

Councilor Crowder wanted to wait on the vote but Mayor McFarlane pushed it through.

by Apache101 on The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past (Triangulator)

Ha! The schools cry for smaller classes but its all a fraud. When they are told by the legislature to …

by MJKopechne on The Durham County Commission Asks the NCGA to Hold Off on Class-Size Reductions (Triangulator)

Once again I must take exception to being labelled as "slow-growth." I ran on a platform of responsible growth, smart …

by Stefanie Mendell on The Disruption on the New Raleigh City Council Is a Blast from the Past (Triangulator)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation