Commissioners give themselves a pay raise; set tax rate & budget - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/13/10

Commissioners give themselves a pay raise; set tax rate & budget

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By James Clark | email  

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock County Commissioners voted themselves and other county employees a pay raise.  All four County Commissioners voted yes, with only County Judge Tom Head opposing it. 

KCBD spoke with Head Monday evening, and he told us that he didn't feel right voting for a raise when the sheriff's office did not receive any additional deputies or vehicles for the patrol division in next year's budget. He also says a majority of voters he spoke with didn't want a raise for elected officials approved.

"The people pointed out today in the court this government is of the people, by the people, for the people and if the people didn't want it, and everybody I have talked to have said 'why did you all give yourself a raise; that's ridiculous'," Head said. 

County Commissioners also said in an official notice that the only increase in property taxes will come from new property.  The official public notice says, "This budget will raise more total property taxes than last year's budget by $1,340,978 or 2.99% and of that amount $1,340,978 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year."

Commissioners also approved the new budge for University Medical Center that has a slightly lower tax rate than last year.

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