City Council votes on tax rate, layoffs & 2010 budget - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/13/09

City Council votes on tax rate, layoffs & 2010 budget

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock City Council made decisions on taxes, layoffs and next year's budget Thursday.

The council set the tax rate at $0.4464 per $100 valuation - which is the same as last year's rate. Sometimes keeping the same rate still ends up being a hidden tax hike because of so-called appraisal creep. Not so this year. On average, the taxable value of existing homes stayed the same.

The city council took no action on proposed job cuts. In this case, that's the same as approving them. Six jobs will be cut in the Lubbock Health Department. Four of those six jobs are currently filled, so essentially four people would actually get their pink slips.

Meanwhile, a political action group called the West Texas Organizing Strategy, or WTOS, asked the council to restructure a November bond election. They want 80 percent redevelopment and 20 percent new development.

(CLICK HERE) to see a summary of the WTOS proposal.

"This proposal begins to address the needs of central and north and east Lubbock.  This is a good beginning but it's only that. It's just a start. The needs of the city are many. We cannot let the walls of the city collapse around us and do nothing," said Ruben Guerero, WTOS member.

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