Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dade City commissioners take pay raise in adopting new budget

DADE CITY — Commissioner Scott Black made an unsuccessful last-ditch effort Monday to hold the city's property tax rate in check and keep commissioner raises out of the new budget.

With 4-1 votes, the commission gave final approval to a $14.5 million 2013-14 budget and a tax rate increase to $7.15 per $1,000 of assessed property value — the amount necessary to bring in the same amount of property tax revenues as the previous fiscal year. Black voted against both, which take effect Oct. 1.

When Commissioner Jimmy Shive moved to approve the $7.15 rate, Black tried to amend the motion by proposing to keep the millage rate unchanged at $7.10. With no second, Black's motion failed.

Black also opposed including commissioner raises totaling $13,200 in the new budget. He proposed the group forgo them in favor of adding a part-time employee to the public works department to help with higher demands for mowing and an upcoming Highway Beautification Plan. His motion failed to get a second; a subsequent vote passed the budget with the raises.

Commissioners favoring the increases said they were long overdue — it's been more than 20 years since elected city officials have seen a pay raise. They'll go from earning $100 a month — $150 for the mayor — to $300 and $450, respectively.

The new budget does not give city workers pay raises, but it does include money for one-time bonuses that will likely be distributed in December. The commission voted unanimously to give all workers $700, rather than base the bonus on a percentage of their salaries.

Dade City commissioners take pay raise in adopting new budget 09/24/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 2:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. One of the best places for investing in a rental house is in Tampa Bay

    Real Estate

    Two Tampa Bay ZIP Codes are drawing national attention.

    . If you're looking to invest in a house to rent out, few places are better than  ZIP Code 34607 in Hernando County's Spring Hill area, according to ATTOM Data Solutions.
 file photo]

  2. Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves: 'I'm not making any plays'


    TAMPA — Eli Manning gathered his receivers together on the sideline during the Giants' Week 4 game against the Bucs and told them he planned to target the weakest link of the secondary all afternoon.

    Patriots receiver Chris Hogan gets position in front of Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves for a 5-yard touchdown pass in New England’s win on Oct. 5.
  3. Suspect in Maryland office park shooting is apprehended


    EDGEWOOD, Md. — A man with a lengthy criminal past who was fired from a job earlier this year for punching a colleague showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers has been arrested, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded.

    Harford County, Md., Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler shows a picture of Radee Labeeb Prince, the suspect in the workplace shootings.
  4. Lightning's J.T. Brown to stop anthem protest, focus on community involvement

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lightning wing J.T. Brown will no longer raise his first as a protest during the national anthem before games.

    J.T. Brown says he will work more with the Tampa police and groups that serve at-risk young people.
  5. The two Ricks tangle at what may be final debate


    ST. PETERSBURG — In what was likely the last mayoral forum before the Nov. 7 election, Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker started out small, discussing neighborhood issues like recycling and neighborhood funding. They ended tangling over familiar subjects: the future of the Tampa Bay Rays, sewage …

    Ex-Mayor Rick Baker, left, and Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, debated familiar topics. The Times’ Adam Smith moderated.