NEW PORT RICHEY
debate starts on proposal to raise tax rate
Discussions begin Monday on a $35 million city budget that would push up the property tax rate by 23 percent. The City Council's budget workshop begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 5919 Main St. The first part of the meeting is reserved for public comment, then council members will begin hashing out the details of the proposed budget. The budget, which includes a $16.3 million general fund, would raise the tax rate to $8.18 per $1,000 of assessed value, up from $6.63.
(The proposed tax rate is slightly lower that previously reported after city officials reworked the numbers based on the latest property tax values.)
The new tax rate would allow the city to take in the same amount of property tax revenue as the current year. However, other sources of funding have also decreased, so the overall proposed budget is down 12.5 percent. The city must set its preliminary rate by July 28. That rate can later be lowered, but it cannot go any higher.
The budget, which is for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, will be adopted in September.
City has new plan for arterial traffic
City officials have an alternative proposal for U.S. 301 that will be pitched at an Aug. 5 meeting with state Department of Transportation officials. The proposal that will be offered by the city, backed by a review from consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates, would create three lanes on U.S. 301: two lanes of northbound traffic and one lane of southbound traffic. In addition, Sixth Street would be widened to three lanes of southbound traffic. The city's proposal comes in response to a controversial $80 million plan by DOT to put all southbound traffic on Sixth Street and turn the downtown stretch of U.S. 301 into a one-way street heading north. After the staff meeting with transportation officials, City Manager Steve Spina will discuss the issue with the City Council, which will decide how to proceed.
Greyhound rescue urges adoption
Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay will hold a meet-and-greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25, at the Port Richey PETCO, 9638 U.S. 19. For information call (813) 971-4732 or visit www.great-greyhound.org.
East Pasco Democrats meet
The East Pasco Democratic Club will hold its July meeting at 7 p.m. July 20 at Creams Deli, 14106 Seventh Ave. For information, call Diane Parker (813) 778-6743.
Auditions planned for equity actors
The Show Palace Dinner Theatre is holding Equity Performer Auditions for its 2009-10 season (non-union performers will be seen as time permits and are encouraged to attend). Many roles are still available. Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 7, with signups starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Show Palace, 16128 U.S. 19. Performers should prepare two contrasting musical theatre songs, a comic monologue and be prepared to dance. Please bring appropriate attire and shoes suitable for dancing. For questions, call company manager Susan Haldeman at 1-888-655-SHOW (7469).