Budget with tax hike, rate hikes passes City Council - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Budget with tax hike, rate hikes passes City Council

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

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)

Related Story:  Taxes, garbage fees, water rates all going up

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