ZEPHYRHILLS — City employees won't be getting raises next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.
Instead, at Monday's City Council meeting, members unanimously approved changes to the city budget to include a $500 bonus for full-time city staffers and a pro-rated amount for part-time workers.
Also, the budget changes include reinstating $15,000 for the summer recreation program.
The revised budget includes a $40,000 salary for Joseph Poblick, the city attorney, down from the $54,000 originally proposed.
The city's total budget for the coming fiscal year is $55.2-million and does not include an increase in the millage rate — it stays at 5.57079.
That means a Zephyrhills resident whose property is assessed at $100,000 would pay about $279 in property taxes, after taking the $50,000 homestead exemption.
Because it is expecting to bring in less money, the city had to slash in half donations to three charities: Main Street Zephyrhills, East Pasco YMCA and the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce.
Those cuts should save the city about $17,000, said City Manager Steve Spina.
And not only has the city put raises on pause, it's cut four vacant positions, too: a records clerk job, an administrative aide position, a mechanic in the public works department and a customer service representative.
Now, there will be a cushion of about $331,000 left for emergencies within the city's $17-million general operating fund, Spina said.
In other business, the council approved some members for the Citizen Advisory Task Force. They are Andy Miller, Lance Smith, Brenda Welcher and Irene Dobson.
The task force will review and assist with the application of certain city grants.