City budget includes flat tax rate, higher fees - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


City budget includes flat tax rate, higher fees

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock City Council meeting held Thursday revealed a decision on the tax rate, the finalization on the budget, and new fees that you will have to pay.

The City Council voted to keep the tax rate the same. It is set at 0.4464 per $100 valuation, which is the same as last year's rate. Council members Floyd Price and Linda DeLeon voted against this proposal.

The budget matters that were discussed and voted on are for the 2009-10 fiscal year. The budget was approved on the second and final reading with a 4-3 approval from the City Council. Council members Linda DeLeon, Todd Klein and Floyd Price voted against the budget. 

The almost half-billion dollar budget reorganizes city health services, and eliminates health education positions over the objections of the citizen board that monitors the department the department. It also kept police and city employee pay flat.

The new fees that are expected to be approved on September 10th after a public hearing, deal with the storm water rate, which was included in the budget.

The tentative charges for the 2009-10 fiscal year are $9.00 per month residential, and $59.74 per month commercial. Currently the fees are $6.00 per month residential and $39.83 commercial. This is a 50 percent increase for commercial, and also a 50 percent increase for residential.

The hearing will be September 10th at 10:00 a.m. inside City Hall.

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