As Durham's City Council and county commissioners worked through next year's budgets this week, some differences of opinion have emerged.
For example, over the Neighborhood College program -- a formerly twice-yearly course for Bull Citizens on how local government works. Some council members were not amused that the county has withdrawn its funding for next spring's term.
Mayor Pro Tem Cora Cole-McFadden wondered whether to bring the matter up at the next joint meeting of commissioners and council members.
"The county's just not committed to it," Councilman Mike Woodard said. "It's not fair for us to staff it without county help."
City Manager Tom Bonfield's recommended budget provides $3,000 for a class this fall.
"We need to show [the county] the value of investing in our citizens," Woodard said.
To which Council Member Diane Catotti responded, "Sounds like they're blowing them off on a regular basis, these days."
When Bull's Eye asked, Catotti declined to elaborate.