ZEPHYRHILLS — The tough economy likely means city employees will not receive a raise for the third straight year, and the most senior may see an offer to retire early.
These were just some of the ideas kicked around Monday night as the City Council faces a $1.4 million budget shortfall unless it makes some decisions on what to cut.
Other proposed cuts include street paving projects and $12,000 in charitable contributions for the fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
The tentative millage rate is 6.1437, or $6.14 for every $1,000 of taxable property value. The current rate is 5.5708. A decline in property values means local governments must raise the rate in order to bring in at least the same amount of money from year to year.
City Manager Steve Spina plans to present another budget draft at the next council meeting, on Aug. 9. Public hearings have been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 15 and Sept. 27 in the council chambers.
In other news, the council unanimously approved an agreement with Pasco County to improve County Road 54. The design and engineering phase of the stretch of Eiland Boulevard from U.S. 301 to 23rd Street in Zephyrhills will cost about $128,000. The city and Pasco County will each pay half the cost.