Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - Sales tax, population growth, and water supply at top of Mayor's State of the City Address.
Mayor Martin used charts and graphs to explain how Lubbock has remained at a constant but stayed well above other cities in Texas. "Our economy was flat, but we were so far ahead of most the other places in this state," Martin said.
He explained how Lubbock was affected by the recession but had survived it better than other cities. He detailed the constant sales tax revenue, an expected increase in population growth and new developments around the city of Lubbock.
"Lubbock's economy has held up virtually better than anyone in this country during this economic downturn," Mayor Martin said.
He said our sales tax revenue stayed constant while most of the state suffered anywhere from 15 to 30 percent declines.
Lubbock's population in 2010 saw 219,000 people and Mayor Martin anticipates that number will increase.
"I think were going to see growth in the neighborhood of 2 percent per year in our population going forward."
He also described new developments in the city from the building of new power lines underground to road construction. The Mayor says one of the biggest issues is the future of Lubbock's water supply, as Lake Meredith continues to decrease.
"As of this month were no longer pumping what little water is left out of Lake Meredith," the Mayor said. The mayor says the pipeline to bring water into Lubbock from Lake Alan Henry should be completed by July of next year.
While the recession did not help the economy here in Lubbock, the Mayor says the future is bright. "I think it's a great time to be in Lubbock and we have our best days ahead of us."
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