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TAX RATE LOWER, BUT BUDGET HAS ADDED SPENDING

NEW PORT RICHEY

The City Council has set a preliminary tax rate for next year that is slightly lower than this year's - but higher than the one city administrators initially proposed. The tax rate approved Tuesday night is 6.8 mills, down from 7.0 mills this year. A mill is $1 of tax for every $1,000 in taxable property. The new rate reflects the cuts mandated this year by the state Legislature. City administrators originally proposed a $17-million general fund - part of a $43.6-million spending plan - based on a tax rate of 6.5 mills. But after last week's budget work sessions, the council decided to revise the tax rate to allow for additional spending worth about $248,000, said city finance director Rick Snyder. New additions to the budget will likely include roughly $37,000 for more part-time help at the New Port Richey Library, Snyder said. The council will hold two public hearings in September before approving the budget for the year that starts Oct. 1.

Utility issues boil water advisory

Aqua Utilities Florida Inc. issued a boil water advisory Tuesday for about 1,200 customers in Palm Terrace Gardens following the temporary shut-off of water service to replace faulty valves. Residents should boil their water before using it for drinking or cooking until tests show the water is safe. For information, call Aqua Utilities' customer service center at 877-987-2782.

WESLEY CHAPEL

PHCC sets class list at high school

Pasco-Hernando Community College will begin offering a variety of college classes at the new Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel. The classes will be offered through a partnership between the college and the new high school and available to PHCC students and high school students who are qualified to take dual enrollment classes. The classes offered at the high school will include American history, English, introduction to psychology and college success skills. For registration or additional information on the PHCC classes at Wiregrass Ranch High School, call assistant dean for student development Michael Cook at (352) 518-1309 or visit the web site at www.phcc.edu, classes begin Aug. 22.

Correction

Anyone interested in volunteering or enrolling in Zephyrhills' new program, Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, may call Rob McKinney at (813) 780-0050. An article Tuesday gave an incorrect phone number.

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