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No property tax hike in Durham preliminary budget

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Durham City Manager Thomas Bonfield presented the 2013-14 preliminary budget Monday night, which doesn't include a property tax increase.

The preliminary budget would keep the current tax rate at 56.75 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

Bonfield recommended a total preliminary budget for the next fiscal year of $381 million, about $7.8 million or a little more than 2 percent higher than last year's budget.

Though property taxes will not go up, other fees are being proposed, including a monthly $1.50 solid waste collection fee, a $10 per month parking fee increase for parking lots and decks. Multi-day transit fare increases and a $1 special even parking increase.

Other highlights of the FY 2013-2014 Proposed Budget include:

  • $500,000 for deferred maintenance
  • $750,000 for street repaving
  • $64,000 for street lighting
  • $141,000 for forensic accreditation
  • $75,000 for youth opportunity initiative
  • $6 million for solid waste, stormwater and water management fleet
  • $1.6 million for arts and culture including the Carolina Theatre, Durham Arts Council, St. Joseph's Historic Foundation, American Dance Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham Blues Festival, and other public art initiatives

A public hearing is scheduled for the preliminary budget for Monday, June 3 with final budget approval set for Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

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