Commissioners Lisa Scheller, Vic Mazziotti, Scott Ott, Michael Schware and Thomas Creighton voted for the delay, according to WFMZ.com. Voting against it were Dan McCarthy, Brad Osborne, Percy Dougherty and David Jones.
Lehigh Valley Zoo President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Molchany has said the if the zoo's finances improve, the subsidies could drop by $35,000.
The zoo generated $2 million in revenue in 2012 and had $1.8 million in expenses. It spent $110,000 in capital investment.