ZEPHYRHILLS — Although the economy is hurting, Zephyrhills has no plans to increase its millage rate.
The city's proposed 5.57079 millage rate is the same as last year's.
So, a Zephyrhills resident, whose property is assessed at $100,000, would pay about $279 in property taxes, after taking the $50,000 homestead exemption.
The city's fiscal budget for 2008-09 starts on Oct. 1.
Because it is expecting to bring in less money, the city had to slash in half donations to three local charities: Mainstreet Zephyrhills, East Pasco YMCA and the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce.
Those cuts should save the city about $17,000, according to City Manager Steve Spina.
And not only has the city put hiring new employees on pause, it's cut four vacant positions, too, including: a records clerk job, an administrative aid position, a mechanic in the public works department and a customer service representative.
Now, there will be a cushion of about $331,000 leftover for emergencies, within the city's $17-million general operating fund, Spina said.
Two public hearings to discuss the city's fiscal budget are set for Sept. 10 and 22 at 6 p.m. in City Hall.