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Durham County, North Carolina

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Durham County is one of 100 counties in North Carolina.

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The good

  • Budget is published.[1]
  • County commissioners listed with contact information.[2] Meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas provided.[3]
  • Administrative officials listed with contact information.[4]
  • Current bids are posted, contracts are not online.[5]
  • Zoning information[6] and building permits available.[7]
  • Annual financial audits are posted.[8]
  • Local tax information is provided.[9]

The bad


News

Mexican ID card

In late November 2010, the Durham City Council voted 5-2 to support the police department's use of the Mexican matricula consular ID card. This form of identification issued by the Mexican Consulate was rejected as unreliable by 22 of 32 Mexican states.

A senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, Hans von Spakovsky said no banks in Mexico recognize the card. Von Spakovsky served as former counsel to the assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice. The Mexican Consulate does not verify applicants’ identities before issuing a matricula consular ID, Spakovsky said.

Durham Mayor Pro Tem Cora Cole-McFadden, Mayor Bill Bell, and council members Diane Catotti, Michael Woodard, and Farad Ali voted for a resolution authorizing the police department to accept the card as a valid form of ID.

Members Eugene Brown and Howard Clement III voted against the resolution, which states that "the Mexican matricula consular has been shown to be a highly secure form of identification, issued to Mexican citizens living in other countries."[10]

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