Documents reveal almost $2 million in taxpayer money spent - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/15/10

Documents reveal almost $2 million in taxpayer money spent on defending city officials

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -Almost $2 million in taxpayer money has been spent on defending City of Lubbock officials in an ongoing legal battle. NewsChannel 11 obtained all 230 pages of the document that gives detailed information on how city attorneys have been spending tax payer dollars since the beginning of the legal battle.

In February 2008, businessman Ted Parker brought a lawsuit against city officials for defamation of character and tortuous interference with his business.

Although the city officials, including Lee Ann Dumball and former Mayor David Miller, are being sued as individuals and not city officials, they city is paying for their defense. So far, they have paid quite a bit.

The documents give us an idea of what's being spent on food, travel and hotel accommodations, back and forth to Dallas to attend conferences and court hearings for the lawsuit.

"I have not had a chance to total them all up but I understand they're on the far side of a million and half dollars and I personally believe that money could be used for much more worthwhile endeavors," says Lubbock City Councilman Paul R. Beane.

Coming up on NewsChannel 11 at 10, we break down some of these expenses and show you how your tax payer money has been spent on some expensive dinners. We'll ask the councilman if he thinks that is necessary.

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