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10/20/03

Lubbock Voters Take to the Polls

Polls opened on Monday morning at 8:00 at some places and 10:00 at other polling locations. So how do Lubbockites feel about this proposed sales tax increase to offset property taxes and to create money for economic development?

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Monday was the first day for early voting. "I own my home and I don't want that to go up anymore," said one woman. "I think it's the only true way to collect taxes. Everyone pays," said another voter.

"Property tax savings. I think that's a big plus about it," said one man. "I don't mind paying a little bit more. I think it will be great for economic development. That's the way I feel," said another man.

"To me, sales tax is the fairest tax," said another voter we talked to. "Well, the way I feel about it is if it helps us on our property taxes I'm for it," said another woman.

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Only a couple of people opposed the idea of raising the sales tax by three eighths of a cent. Surprisingly, we bumped into a few young voters this afternoon. "I don't mind paying more in sales tax to lower property tax. It affects everyone, I don't own, but the increase is not enough to really make a difference," said one young woman. Even Mayor Marc McDougals's daughter Tara voted. "My dad says it's important to vote and that's why I'm voting," said Tara McDougal.

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