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City Council to consider budget hike for employee pay

At a public hearing on June 3 at 7 p.m., the Durham City Council will consider a proposed budget that includes higher property tax rates to support increased pay for city employees, according to a news release from the city.

The proposed budget would raise the property tax rate by 3.85 cents to 59.62 cents per $100 of assessed value. City Manager Wanda Page said the property tax increase is largely driven by the desire to bring city employees’ salaries in line with market rates.

Other city priorities in the proposed budget include $232.1 million for capital improvement projects and continued fare-free service for all GoDurham passengers through June 30, 2025.

The City Council held work sessions on May 29 and 30 to discuss the budget. A final public hearing is set for June 3, with final approval expected on June 17. For more information on the proposed budget, visit the city’s Budget and Management Services Department website.

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