Stormwater fees up, no tax hike & layoffs - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/8/09

Stormwater fees up, no tax hike, and layoffs in Lubbock Health Department

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By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - We have both great news and bad news for Lubbock homeowners.  Under the proposed city budget you will not pay a property tax hike.  Not only that, but on average, the city says tax appraisals for existing homes did not go up.

Now for the bad news; stormwater rates are going up $3 a month for each household, or $59.97 per month for each commercial property.   That extra money will go to pay for something called the "10 year street maintenance program."  Water, sewer and garbage rates are not changing in the proposed budget. 

The city's proposed general fund is $124.2 million, which is down $1.16 million from last year. And that means job cuts. The city manager proposes to cut the health department from 73 to 59 employees.  The health director, Nancy Haney will be moved to a finance system special project.  The new health director will be Bridget Faulkenberry.  

Some positions will be moved to the city secretary and emergency management.   An estimated six employees will simply be laid off.

Also Wednesday, the Citizens Advisory Committee officially proposed nearly $61 million in road, park, and public safety projects. The city council heard those recommendations and could choose to put those on the November ballot for voter approval.

(Click here) to see the complete breakdown of the CAC proposal.

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