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Durham Budget Proposes Tax Increase to Cover City Fleet Fuel Costs

May 17, 2006

DURHAM, NC - Durham City Manager Patrick Baker made public a recommended 2007 budget May 15 that includes a 3.75-cent property tax increase, according to the Durham News and Observer newspaper. Baker said the increase would raise about $6 million needed to pay for increased fleet fuel costs, maintain the current level of service for city buses, increase funding for the police department, and cover increasing payments on the city's debt.An additional $1.35 million is needed, Baker said, to cover increased fuel costs for the city's vehicle fleet. His budget would also invest heavily in new vehicles, including two specialized trucks designed to allow workers to quickly fill potholes, reported the Durham News and Observer.A public hearing on the budget is set for June 5.

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