Bond projects, city budget, and no pay raises - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/5/09

Bond projects, city budget, and no pay raises

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A couple days from now we get the list of projects for up to $65 million of local tax money.   The citizen's advisory committee will present to the city council its proposed list of street repairs, water line replacements and other such projects Wednesday at 1:30 pm.   City council is expected to, at some point; put the list up for a public vote.

Also on Wednesday, we get a sneak peek at the next city budget.   The consensus seems to be no tax hike.   And NewsChannel 11 has learned that the early rough draft includes no pay raises or "cost of living adjustments" for any city of Lubbock employees.

Perhaps the most unsettled of all city employees after the news of no pay hikes would be the police.   Police proposed a 15% pay raise earlier this year so as to bolster recruiting efforts.   The Lubbock Professional Police Association says other cities are getting the best recruits and best officers and it could become an officer safety issue as well as a public safety issue.

Some officials at city hall believe Lubbock is already among the top 10 best cities in Texas for police pay. It depends on how you look at the numbers.   Councilman John Leonard says he's willing to propose a pay hike for police but it would be more like 4 percent instead of 15 percent.

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