Durham County approves budget

June 23, 2009 4:42:52 AM PDT
The Durham County Commission signed off on a new budget Monday night without laying anybody off, forcing furloughs or cutting any county services.But, it isn't all rosy. Commissioners chopped a significant amount of spending.

The county's overall budget is down 6.2 percent. In the final budget, county departments were cut 6.6 percent, while Durham Public Schools and Durham Technological Community College both received a 2.8 percent reduction.

There were also a few fee increases. The recycling permit fee was increased Durham city residents who choose to purchase county permits. The fee would increase from $70 to $90.

Commissioners said while the budget included many reductions, it ensures Durham County will continue to meet the needs of its citizens.

The new fiscal year begins July 1.