Zephyrhills sets tax rate, presents draft budget

For the third straight year, the property tax rate will stay the same in Zephyrhills. The Zephyrhills City Council voted to set the tentative millage rate at 6.35 mills. Under state law, once a tentative millage rate has been set, the city cannot raise it before the start of the fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The council does, however, have the option to reduce the rate before … [Read more...]

Former police station to become temporary city hall

As construction on the new City Hall complex ramps up, Zephyrhills city staff will shuffle operations to a familiar building. Beginning this summer, most city departments will relocate temporarily into the former Zephyrhills police station, at 5344 Ninth St. City council members approved a 12-month lease agreement between the city and Dannie Jordan, of RTD Construction. It calls for the … [Read more...]

Jeffries House undergoing major restoration

Renovations are underway to the Historic Jeffries House in Zephyrhills. The Zephyrhills Community Redevelopment Agency’s (CRA) general contractor, Restoration Concepts, recently completed the leveling of the building, at 38533 Fifth Ave. The contractor replaced and added piers under the structure, replaced the latticework and replaced rotten wood on the building’s exterior. Windows were … [Read more...]

No tricks, but plenty of free community treats for Halloween

Many families will go door-to-door in local neighborhoods searching for candy this Halloween. But if you’d rather do something different — or don’t want to limit the fun to Oct. 31 — there are several public events to enjoy. Several activities — most of them free — occur the weekend before Halloween, while others are scheduled for the week of the holiday, and the rest on Oct. 31. For … [Read more...]

Historic Jeffries House seeks place in 21st century

It has a small yard begging for some tender loving care. Overgrown bushes, untrimmed trees, brown grass desperate for water. The house that it surrounds, empty for the past few years, could almost find a place among neighborhood children’s haunted house legends, if it weren’t for the bright yellow paint that still shines through Zephyrhills downtown. Built in 1912, this is the original … [Read more...]