The new City of Lubbock budget for 2011/2012 passed on a vote of six to one Thursday.
Councilman Floyd Price voted no saying it would impact citizens in a negative way. He says it's the only budget he's voted against in all his time on the City Council.
The budget includes a price hike for Citibus, which has been controversial in that past few weeks. The original plan was to cut route times from 30 minutes to an hour. After a cacophony of protest from Citibus customers, the Council in late August decided in favor of a fare hike instead of cutting the routes. The most popular routes will remain 30 minutes.
Councilman Todd Klein tried to amend the Citibus proposal to neither include route cuts nor a fare hike. Klein's amendment did not succeed.
The budget also includes a property tax increase, along with increases in the rates for water, sewer, garbage and storm water.
(Alex Butler contributed to this report)
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