Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Tampa council approves budget with raises for city employees

TAMPA — The Tampa City Council approved an $830.9 million city budget Wednesday for the fiscal year that starts Tuesday.

The budget includes no layoffs, a 2 percent raise for all city employees, two new code enforcement officers and $15.5 million in spending on neighborhood projects.

The city's tax rate will remain at about $5.73 for every $1,000 of assessed taxable value.

Because real estate values have risen, levying the same tax rate as this year results in a 4.4 percent tax bill increase for property owners. With the adopted tax rate, a taxpayer with a house assessed at $180,000 and standard homestead exemptions will pay $745 in city taxes next year.

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