City commissioners will vote on first reading Safety Harbor's tentative 2009-10 property tax rate and budget at a meeting at 7:30 p.m. today at City Hall, 750 Main St. The proposed general fund budget is more than $13.2 million, a 5.38 percent decrease over this year's budget. The proposed property tax rate is $3.06 for every $1,000 of taxable property value, an increase over the $2.78 rate for 2008-09, but property taxes should remain about the same because most property values have decreased. Officials said no municipal facilities will close and there will be no layoffs or reduction in services. But some capital improvement projects will be put on hold, and the city had to use a little more than $1 million from its reserves to balance this year's budget. "Luckily, Safety Harbor still has almost $8 million in reserves, so the city remains very healthy,'' City Manager Matt Spoor said. "We saved that money for a rainy day. Well, it's raining."
* * *
More than half of a story that detailed various hotel projects on Clearwater Beach was left out of Sunday's paper because of a technical glitch. In addition, the accompanying map was wrong. The story appears in its entirety with the map on Page 3.