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Zephyrhills votes to keep tax rate the same for 9th consecutive year

(ran PC edition)

City Council members gave preliminary approval Monday night to a $22.4-million budget, which will keep the tax rate at the same level for the ninth consecutive year, City Manager Steve Spina said.

Council member Elizabeth Geiger voted against the budget after the council decided not to add pay raises for two employees who have taken on added responsibility, Spina said.

The proposed 6.42 millage rate means that the owner of a $75,000 home in Zephyrhills with a $25,000 homestead exception would pay $321 in city taxes.

A mill yields $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of non-exempt property value.

Three citizens turned out for the meeting, which was the first public hearing on the budget, and none of them spoke, Spina said.

The final budget hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25, Spina said. The new budget year begins Oct. 1.

In other business, the council approved two proposals to request land annexations from the county, Spina said.

The city attorney will now draw up paperwork to request the annexation of four acres on U.S. 301 on the north side of Zephyrhills, where a new Golden Corral restaurant has been proposed, Spina said.

For law enforcement purposes, the city will also request annexation of Sixth Avenue between the CSX railroad tracks and Chancey Road, Spina said.