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Port Richey council repeals 10 percent utility tax

PORT RICHEY

Council repeals 10 percent tax on utility bills

The City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday evening to repeal the city's utility tax, a 10 percent surcharge on residents' power bills. Mayor Richard Rober and council member Steven O'Neill dissented. The tax comes out to $13 a month for the typical two-person household with a $130 electric bill. Residents will see lower bills starting in October. Vice Mayor Mark Hashim proposed the idea last month to put some money back in residents' pockets. The city collects about $264,000 a year from that tax, but officials are in the middle of budget talks and have not identified a plan to replace that revenue.

NEW PORT RICHEY

City cuts 15 cents from millage rate

City taxpayers will see a slightly lower tax rate next year of $6.63 per $1,000 of assessed value, down from $6.78 per $1,000 this fiscal year. The City Council on Tuesday evening set the new figure as the maximum millage rate. After public budget hearings in September, the council could lower it, but can't increase it. The proposed $40.3-million spending plan is down 8 percent from the current fiscal year. City administrators attribute the decrease to reductions in staff, liability and property insurance, capital construction costs and allocations to the reserve funds. General city employees did not get raises, but each one did get an extra $500 to help with cost-of-living increases. Property taxes support the proposed $17.3-million general fund and the $5.9-million redevelopment fund. Public hearings are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 3 and Sept. 22 at City Hall, 5919 Main St.

Slain area soldiers are memorialized

In a solemn ceremony Tuesday, Pasco County added the names of two slain soldiers to its veterans memorial outside the West Pasco Government Center. Pfc. Patrick Miller, 23, of New Port Richey, died March 29 from combat injuries in Baghdad. Sgt. Marcus Mathes, 26, of Zephyrhills, died April 28 after fighting in Baghdad. Family members of both service men attended the midday ceremony where taps was played.

COUNTYWIDE

County unveils its new Web site

Pasco County government is giving the public a preview of its new Web site, which features a photo slide show and a menu that's easier on the eyes. To see it, go to pascocountyfl.net, and click the link near the top of the screen.

PORT RICHEY

City says its water is safe to drink

The city has lifted the boil water notice for about 50 customers near Chapel and Alto avenues. Last week's water main breach has been repaired, and tests show the water is safe to drink, the utility department said.

Pasco deaths

Banker, Josephine F.

Delaney, William E. Sr.

Littlefield, Blake Aaron

McClintock, William E. "Bill"

Patterson, Herbert G.

Schnurman, Julie C.

Zula, Gerald J. "Jerry"

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Port Richey council repeals 10 percent utility tax 07/22/08 [Last modified: Thursday, July 24, 2008 4:44pm]
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