Durham County's commissioners finished deliberations on the 2010-11 budget today, cutting a 4.29-cent increase on the property-tax rate to 3.78 cents.
That puts the county rate at 74.59 cents per $100 of property valuation, increasing the tax on a $200,000 house by $75.60 to $1,491.80. The City of Durham is adding 2.2 cents per $100 to its property-tax rate, raising its bill for the same house to $1,124.
The commissioners' final tinkering cut some spending from County Manager Mike Ruffin's recommended budget of $461 million, including a $339.3 million general-fund appropriation for the county's day-to-day operation. It also added some previously unfunded items, among them:
- $182,516 to match a city appropriation to pay warrant-control clerks;
- $20,000 for the People's Channel public-access television;
- $8,873 for the Triangle Champions Track Club.
Ruffin had recommended no funding for the People's Channel or the track club, but supporters of the nonprofits made persuasive pitches at the commissioners' budget hearing Monday night.
The budget's formal approval is scheduled for the commissioners' regular meeting June 28.