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OC Manager Presents Budget Proposal Tuesday

By Elizabeth Friend Posted May 21, 2013 at 6:23 am

ORANGE COUNTY – County Manager Frank Clifton will present next year’s budget proposal when the Board of Commissioners meets Tuesday.

The spending plan does not call for a property tax increase, nor an increase to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district tax, despite a request from the school board to raise the rate.

County commissioners could decide to raise the district tax by as much as 5 and a half cent to fully fund the school system’s budget request.

Household sanitation fees could double to $20 for urban residents and $40 for rural residents. Clifton says the increase would go to fund improvements and additional operating hours at the solid waste convenience centers.

Ten of the county’s 12 fire districts are asking the board to raise fire district tax rates. If approved, the Chapel Hill rate would double from 7 and a half cents to 15 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value, the highest in the county.

The budget includes money to hire new EMS personnel, IT specialists and librarians, as well as nearly $500,000 for the Chapel Hill Public Library.

In addition to reviewing the budget, the board will also get an update on the Orange County Bus and Rail plan implementation and take a first look at a plan to host a county fair.

The board meets at 7:00 p.m. at the Southern Human Service Center on Homestead Road.

 

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