City tax rate won't change in new budget
City Commissioners on Monday approved a city budget for next year that keeps the tax rate the same.
In a unanimous vote, commissioners approved keeping the rate — the lowest in Hillsborough County — at $4.72 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
That means the owner of a house assessed at $150,000, with a $50,000 homestead exemption, will pay $472 in property taxes. Water and sewer bills will go up slightly, by 1.7 percent.
The $25.4 million budget is about $500,000 higher than last year's spending plan.
Commissioners bridged the gap by relying on projected increases in sales tax revenue, gas taxes and franchise fees to utility companies. The budget envisions one layoff — in the city's General Services Department, which maintains city-owned properties. The new fiscal year starts Monday.
Company agrees to use ICE program
Plant City produce distributor Florida Potato and Onion, 4302 Airport Road, was recognized this week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for agreeing to take steps to ensure compliance with the agency. In a signing ceremony Tuesday, the company agreed to take measures, including a program to verify employment eligibility, to make sure it doesn't hire undocumented workers. In return, ICE will waive fines if a hiring violation occurs.
Voter registration drive at rec center
A voter registration drive is set for 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1601 East Drive.