The Largo City Commission will consider next steps in the process of trying to trim $2.8 million from next year's city budget. Next year's budget must be presented to the commission by July 1 for the budget, which starts Oct. 1.
Some of the budget cuts could come in the form of fee increases. In order to change the fees, the commission must update a couple of existing city ordinances.
City business taxes could increase three percent as of Oct. 1. This would be the first adjustment in the business tax rate since 1995. The rate change would generate an additional $19,000 for the city's general fund. For 2012, the city expects about $644,000 in business tax receipts.
Some recreation and cultural fees could increase such as non-resident memberships, aquatic team fees, after care rates, camp registration fees, picnic shelter rental rates, adult softball fees, and ticket handling fees.
The city commission will also consider budget savings by having an outside company manage more of its landscaping. Tonight the commission will look at options, which include expanding outside contracting of landscaping without losing city jobs.
Here's the complete agenda for the Largo City Commission meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in .