ZEPHYRHILLS — The Zephyrhills City Council decided Monday not to move forward with its application for a city improvement grant.
The $500,000 Community Development Block Grant would have been used to flood-proof a downtown retention area next to the city's fire station.
To apply for the CDBG grant, the city would have had to put up $250,000. But the proposed fix for the retention pond is estimated at $150,000.
So, the city won't apply for that money right now.
In other business:
• The council discussed remodeling the city's downtown fire station.
The city manager is scheduled to bring more information about funding the project to the next council meeting.
• Also, council members unanimously approved the second reading of ordinances to adopt a millage rate of 5.57 percent and the city's fiscal budget adjustment to reflect approximately $42.25-million.
At this rate, a Zephyrhills resident whose property is assessed at $100,000 would pay about $279 in property taxes, after taking the $50,000 homestead exemption.
Mayor Cliff McDuffie also took time to recognize a few of the city's customer service representatives in observance of customer service week. He also recognized local members of Daughters of the American Revolution.