Zephyrhills will update its utility bills

ZEPHYRHILLS — Zephyrhills will soon do away with the old-school method of utility billing.

On Monday, the City Council unanimously approved a proposal to ship out full-page billing statements to the city's 10,000 utility customers.

"We want (our billing) to be brought up to the current century," said Katrina Bouthot, the city's director of administrative services, who presented the billing plan to the council.

The city plans to use an outside company to handle the printing and shipping, which will cost an estimated $18,000 a year, Bouthot said.

In other council business, there was talk of boosting millage rates.

The council held off on approving the second draft of the city's fiscal year budget, which proposes cuts to several city projects. Mayor Cliff McDuffie, who does not have a vote on council issues, floated the idea of slightly increasing the city's millage rates in order to generate needed revenue.

Council member Luis Lopez discussed the idea of freezing pay raises for city staffers. The budget issue was tabled until the next council meeting.

In other business, about a dozen Zephyrhills residents showed up wearing red T-shirts that said "Vote No Landfill," hoping to get city leaders to take a stand against a controversial plan to build a landfill near Dade City.

By late Monday, the council still had not decided whether to pass a resolution opposing the landfill.

Zephyrhills will update its utility bills 07/14/08 [Last modified: Monday, July 14, 2008 9:23pm]

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