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Durham County Manager presents recommended FY13-14 Budget

Three cent tax increase proposed for debt service

Post Date:05/01/2013 9:30 AM

Durham County Manager Mike Ruffin presented his FY2013-14 Recommended Budget on Tuesday night, May 28th at the Durham Board of County Commissioners’ regular session. The proposed budget includes a 3 cent tax increase for debt management. That means the owner of a home valued at $150,000 will pay $45 more in taxes.

The Durham County budget includes 18 different funds for a total of $525.8 million. The General Fund Budget, where most county services are funded, is $359.7 million which is a 3.23% increase from the previous budget.

Ruffin noted several challenges in crafting this year’s budget including the slow economy producing insufficient revenue as service demand rises, increased funding needs for Durham Public Schools in the face of state cuts, managing Durham County debt service and the maintenance of the county’s strong fiscal position.

Citing the fact that County Commissioners have funded the school system at historically high levels compared to other large counties, Ruffin recommends no increase for Durham Public Schools and is instead asking the School Board to fund its current expense increase from its own fund balance. He adds that when their annual audit is complete in the fall, DPS can return to seek additional county funds if necessary.

The budget also funds 46 community nonprofits, including 11 new organizations, at $798,976. That amount is slightly higher than last year. Residents who live in the unincorporated portions of Durham County will see an increase in their solid waste convenience center fee from $105 to $122. Fire district taxes for Eno will go up 2 cents, 3 cents in Bethesda and ½ cent for New Hope.

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 10th at 7:00pm in the Durham County Commissioners Chambers, located at 200 E. Main St. The new fiscal year begins on July 1st.

To view the proposed budget, go to http://dconc.gov/index.aspx?page=114

Print copies of the budget are available for review at the Clerk to the Board’s office or the Durham County Main Library. For more information, contact the Durham County Manager’s Office at 919 560-0000.
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