PLANT CITY – Residents will have their last opportunity to comment on the city’s new budget at Monday’s 7:30 p.m. city commission meeting.
The public hearing will take place at City Hall, 302 W. Reynolds St. The commissioners will vote on adoption of the budget and property tax rate at the hearing.
Under the proposal, the city will spend $82.6 million in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The city spent nearly $95.8 million in 2012-13, but that figure included a one-time expense of $10 million to pay off a bond issue early.
Highlights of the budget include:
• Keeping the property tax rate the same, at $4.71 for each $1,000 of taxable, assessed property.
• Paying city employees two cost of living payments of 1.5 percent each during the year.
• Keeping garbage rates the same.
Major projects planned for the year include $4.9 million for improvements and traffic signals on Turkey Creek Road, $3.5 million for improvements to water service on County Line Road and $3 million for a solar dryer for wastewater residuals at the sewer treatment plant.