2013-2014 Budget Development Guidelines Adopted; Financial Support Approved for Whitted School Redevelopment
DTV8’s “City Hall This Week” will debut a new show tonight at 8 p.m. Hosted by Senior Public Affairs Specialist Amy Blalock, this show will feature the following highlights and other topics of interest. You can also watch this new episode on demand at http://www.YouTube.com/CityofDurhamNC.
Durham Updates City Code Regulating Dangerous Weapons
Durham’s city code regulating the discharge and possession of dangerous weapons has been updated. The City Council approved the changes because some of the previous regulations conflicted with state law, making them unenforceable. At the same time, some authority to regulate firearms and other dangerous weapons within the city was not being recognized. City Attorney Patrick Baker explains more about why the changes were needed.
City Council Adopts 2013-2014 Budget Guidelines
The City administration now has guidelines in place to serve as a blueprint for the development of the 2013-2014 budget. Because the City’s revenue is only projected to grow slightly next year, the City Council says increases in spending must continue to be limited. Through the guidelines, the Council is directing the City Manager to develop a budget that limits increases to what is needed to accommodate population growth and cost factors. It also clearly identifies funding requirements driven by state and federal mandates and major city initiatives that support Durham’s Strategic Plan.
City Council Provides Financial Support for Redevelopment of Whitted School
As part of the Southside revitalization effort, the City is doing its part to help redevelop the Whitted School. The County is repurposing the building so that it will provide both affordable senior housing and a pre-kindergarten facility. To help with that effort, the City will provide $500,000 in construction and permanent financing at an interest rate not exceeding 2 percent. The building is expected to open sometime in 2015.
City Accepting Applications for Durham Youth Commission
Youth who want a voice in their City’s government are invited to apply to serve on next year’s Durham Youth Commission. The commission is open to 9th-12th graders, and members commit to serve a one-year term. Evelyn Scott of the City’s Office on Youth, explains how the commission helps develop leadership skills as well as represent Durham’s young people in local government.
About “City Hall This Week”
"City Hall This Week," a news program dedicated to informing Durham residents and City employees about what’s going on inside Durham's City Hall, airs daily at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. on DTV8 (Time Warner Cable channel 8). The show is also available for on demand viewing at http://www.DurhamNC.gov/DTV8 or at http://www.YouTube.com/CityofDurhamNC. For information, call (919) 560-4123, “like” http://www.Facebook/CityofDurhamNC, or “follow” http://www.Twitter.com/CityofDurhamNC.