North Charleston City Council passed its 2009-10 budget Thursday night, endorsing an $82.2 million spending plan that does not include a tax increase.

Homeowners will pay about the same as their current tax bill, with possible changes depending on the local option sales tax credit levels determined later this year.

The owner of a $150,000 home in North Charleston currently pays about $427.80 annually in city property taxes.

The new budget contains few frills. There are no pay increases, but there are no layoffs or furloughs for city staff either.

City employees also are being made to pick up a larger chunk of their health care costs. Starting in July, those who select family coverage will begin paying $75 per two-week pay period, ending what had been one of the most generous offerings in the state.

The new budget is about $8.6 million less than the current 2008-09 budget of $90.8 million. The more than 9 percent decrease is tied largely to the decline in the economy. The new budget takes effect July 1.