The Lubbock City Council made many important financial decisions at their meeting Thursday.
In particular, the council voted unanimously to approve adopting a proposed property tax rate. The rate they approved for the 2011-2012 year is $0.47400. The adopted rate for 2010-211 was $0.45617. The city says the increased rate will result in additional revenue to pay for bond debt. The first tax rate public hearing will be at the next city council meeting on August 25th.
Council members also voted unanimously to approve a contract for Littlefield to purchase water from the City of Lubbock during emergencies. They are not a member of Canadian River Municipal Water Authority, which concerned Mayor Tom Martin. Martin says water is a valuable resource and it needs to be conserved.
The water they use will come from the Bailey County Well Field. Last year, Littlefield used 2 million gallons. This year they have used zero so far. They pay the city 30 percent more than the average citizen. This is an emergency plan for their city in case of a water main break or another emergency.
Along with the water contract, the council approved the animal shelter veterinarian contract. The shelter recently told KCBD they needed a vet at the new shelter to be able to move animals from the old shelter to the new shelter. The city has no timeline to close the old shelter.
The council tabled the Health Department work session. Councilman Todd Klein says the Health Department board members need more time to prepare. They will take up the issue at the next council meeting August 25th.
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