Tentative tax rate set in Zephyrhills

The property tax rate in Zephyrhills won’t increase this year. The Zephyrhills city council voted unanimously to set the tentative millage rate at 6.35 mills, the same figure set for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Under state law, now that the millage rate has been set, the council has the option to reduce it prior to the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1, but cannot increase it. City … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills is looking for a new city attorney

For the first time in more than a decade, the City of Zephyrhills needs to find a new city attorney. Joseph A. Poblick, 41, stepped down from the position after Gov. Rick Scott appointed the attorney to the Pasco County Court. Poblick replaces retiring judge Mark H. Salton, who presided over misdemeanors, driving under the influence and criminal traffic cases. Poblick’s last city council … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills’ city employees to get raises

The Zephyrhills City Council has unanimously approved a plan to give 160 city employees a raise. At its June 13 meeting, the council approved a compa-ratio, or “parity hybrid,” salary plan. City employees with the most tenure will see the largest salary increases, which range from 4 percent to 14 percent. The move will essentially place Zephyrhills employees in a more competitive pay … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills fire department remains status quo

The Zephyrhills City Council has decided to continue operating the city’s fire department on its own and not to merge with Pasco County Fire Rescue. Council members agreed unanimously to keep the status quo, ensuring the department will remain intact and continue to utilize its two fire stations. The council’s unanimous support for the department drew a standing ovation for its action, … [Read more...]