Schools not touched in Durham cuts

DURHAM Other groups were not so lucky. Ultimately, the Board of County Commissioners voted to approve budget cuts recommended by County Manager Mike Ruffin.

The county faces more than a $14 million dollar budget deficit because of declining tax revenue in the sinking economy. The cuts approved Monday night slice 3 percent off funding for a variety of nonprofits and groups that do services for the county on contract.

The groups affected include the Urban Ministries - which gives shelter to the homeless - and The Animal Protection Society of Durham.

The commissioners instructed Ruffin to try and compromise with Superintendent Carl Harris on a 3 percent cut for schools, but took no action.

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