Durham City Council Votes to Provide Grants to Some Southside Residents Struggling with Property Tax Bills

Durham City Council Votes to Provide Grants to Some Southside Residents Struggling with Property Tax Bills

The Durham City Council voted Monday to sideline a program that would have extended loans to Durham homeowners suffering from the increased taxes that come with higher property valuations.

Instead, on a 4–3 vote, the council approved a proposal from council member Steve Schewel to give residents of the Southside neighborhood grants for the difference in their 2016 tax bill while the city develops a more comprehensive housing stabilization strategy.

“I am in strong support of figuring out a comprehensive, efficient, equitable, and cost-effective program to keep our low-income homeowners in their homes, and I know that is a goal that all of my colleagues share,” Schewel said. “After a lot of reflection, I don’t think the program in front of us tonight is the best we can do.”

Mayor Bill Bell, Mayor Pro Tem Cora Cole-McFadden, and council member Eddie Davis voted against Schewel’s proposal.…

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