Zephyrhills considers fire department merger

After nearly 60 years of operation and tradition, the Zephyrhills Fire Department may soon be absorbed by Pasco County Fire Rescue. As funding and staffing issues mount within the city’s fire department, the Zephyrhills City Council on July 1 unanimously directed city staff to begin formal negotiations to consolidate the local agency with Pasco County Fire Rescue. If the merger occurs, … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills council approves fire assessment fee study

The City of Zephyrhills may be adding fee assessments, as a reliable measure to boost the city’s general fund and support operations. The city council unanimously approved a study analyzing the impact of a fire assessment fee, during a regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 23. City Manager Steve Spina said a fire assessment fee — placed on individual property owner parcels throughout the city … [Read more...]

Water and sewer rates expected to rise in Zephyrhills

Zephyrhills residents could see an increase on their utility bills, beginning next year. City staff is recommending a 4-percent increase in water rates and an 8-percent increase in sewer rates for all customers each year for a five-year period, beginning Jan. 1. The Zephyrhills City Council voted unanimously for City Attorney Matthew Maggard to draft an ordinance regarding the proposed rate … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills bans fracking

The City of Zephyrhills has banned fracking, a controversial practice of extracting oil or natural gas. The Zephyrhills City Council voted unanimously to prohibit the use of land for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within the city’s limits. In taking the action, the city is following the lead of other Florida municipalities. The council’s vote received an ovation from … [Read more...]