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Zephyrhills has no plans to increase millage rate for next year

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.

Zephyrhills has no plans to increase millage rate for next year 08/20/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 1:27pm]

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