Earlier this week, Lubbock voters approved a 3/8 of a cent sales tax increase. On Friday, the Lubbock City Council commended the group that lobbied for that effort.
Progress Lubbock was created in August, shortly after council called for the special election. More than 40 Lubbock businessmen and women volunteered their time to help encourage voters to vote for the sales tax increase, and for lower property taxes.
Mayor Marc McDougal was also recognized Friday, for his role in the election. City Council members presented him with a very special gift. "I think people Lubbock understand due to your vision and your leadership, the tax rate, once this goes into effect, has gone down 11 cents in a 12 month period," said Lubbock City Councilman Tom Martin. "I don't know when that's ever happened in Lubbock"
Martin presented Mayor McDougal with huge wooden scissors and dubbed him the city's "Chief Tax Cutter."