Littlefield city council proposes budget, jobs cut - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/24/10

Littlefield city council proposes budget, jobs cut and taxes raised

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By Katie Bauer - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Citizens and Littlefield City Council members got their first look at the city's proposed budget, and the city manager says some of the changes will not be popular ones.

Dozens of Littlefield citizens showed up to city hall on Thursday to hear the anticipated proposed budget.

Littlefield City Manager Danny Davis presented the budget to council with these changes:

If approved six city employees will lose their jobs, including two from the fire department, and two from the police department.

Property and sales taxes will go up, along with sewer and water rates.

Davis says the reason Littlefield finds itself in this financial crunch is because of the Bill Clayton Detention Center. Littlefield took out an $11-million bond to build the prison.

Because of the economic downturn, the prison has been empty for more than a year, and the city still owes more than $9-million on it.

When presenting the budget, Davis said he knew there would be parts that would disappoint everyone in the community, but added this is what needs to be done to get the city back in the black.

"This is a horrible situation for a community to be and I'm at a loss of words to know what to say because it is a horrible situation but we have to get through it," said Davis.

The city manager also proposed a reduction in his own salary as well, believe he said with the detention center they need to make up more than $800,000 and proposed cuts and changes could cover that.

Thursday was just budget proposal. The first budget work session will be held in three weeks.

A budget must be approved by September so it can go into effect October 1st. Though many citizens came out Thursday it was not a public hearing.

Davis tells us there will be a public hearing on this in the future. 

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