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Old 11-06-2008, 04:06 PM
 
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I just moved to Durham not long ago. I received my first vehicle tax notice. To my surprise it was very high. $175

Does anyone know why I got billed for Durham County tax, Durham City tax, and a Durham City vehicle fee when I do not live in the city?

I have lived in Wake before and never paid more than $80. I have a 2004 with 100K miles.

Does this make sense?
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Old 11-06-2008, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Cary - A great town for me
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Durham County Government : Motor Vehicle Taxation

Try the link above. It is to the Durham tax site. You can get info from there. Given the change in state and national dynamics, I would expect the rates to increase.
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Old 11-06-2008, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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You should file an appeal, that qualifies as high mileage.
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Old 11-07-2008, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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I'm not sure why you would be assessed a property tax for the City of Durham, since you indicated you do not live within city limits? For some reason, the county tax office thinks your address is within the borders of Durham city. I'd get that clarified first.
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:06 PM
 
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Spoke to Durham city. I am in District 1...even though far away from the city is considered Durham City. I am located in Brightleaf at the park..3 miles from wake county border. I noticed on the city zoning boundaries (durham website) all new sub divisions near my area are marked as city tax. I suppose they think people with new houses can afford a city tax. i am p issed off.
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:29 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Spoke to Durham city. I am in District 1...even though far away from the city is considered Durham City. I am located in Brightleaf at the park..3 miles from wake county border. I noticed on the city zoning boundaries (durham website) all new sub divisions near my area are marked as city tax. I suppose they think people with new houses can afford a city tax. i am p issed off.
No need to be p. o.'ed. Do you have city water and sewer? Does the city come around in big trucks and pick up your garbage? Then you are receiving city services, and that is why you pay more tax.
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Old 11-07-2008, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Cary - A great town for me
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Spoke to Durham city. I am in District 1...even though far away from the city is considered Durham City. I am located in Brightleaf at the park..3 miles from wake county border. I noticed on the city zoning boundaries (durham website) all new sub divisions near my area are marked as city tax. I suppose they think people with new houses can afford a city tax. i am p issed off.

Durham keeps expanding the city limits in an effort to expand its tax base. You can buy outside the city limit this year and be in it next year. With such a high tax rate, it can really hurt.
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:22 AM
 
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No need to be p. o.'ed. Do you have city water and sewer? Does the city come around in big trucks and pick up your garbage? Then you are receiving city services, and that is why you pay more tax.
I do receive those services but my car does not. I don't remember the last time my car needed a drink of water.

This is why I pay property taxes....to take care of sewer garbage etc.
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I do receive those services but my car does not. I don't remember the last time my car needed a drink of water.

This is why I pay property taxes....to take care of sewer garbage etc.
Your car tax is also property tax, personal property tax. It is based on book value of the vehicle and the millage set by the tax folks. (Durham tax site from EMA's link is not available, so I can't read it.)

If you buy a boat, you will pay personal property tax on it too.

Open a small business entity, and have the joy of inventorying your computers, software, vehicles, office furniture, etc, and paying property tax on all that stuff too.

When folks say local taxes are low, they need to account for personal property taxes in their calculation of "low."
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