City Councilman Todd Klein says he wants to propose some reforms at Lubbock City Hall.
First, he wants to move about half a dozen employees out of the City Manager's office and put them under the direction of the City Secretary. Klein says this will make it easier for those staffers to help the city council reach out to voters and taxpayers.
Klein also says he wants to go from having six council members to eight. He thinks it will help provide better representation for Lubbock's minority populations. Klein specifically mentions Lubbock's African American community, which he says has gone down from 12% to 8% of the city's population.
"There's no down side. It's very manageable. And, for the reasons I've given, it has a very good shot of improving the process," Klein said.
"It also forces much more discussion," Klein says.
He makes reference to the fact that it takes four votes to reach a majority during a City Council session.
"Getting to five verses four take much more effort," Klein says. "That means more collaboration. That means more input from the public."
Klein says he needs public support to go forward with more city council districts. He says the idea will require a public election to change the city charter.
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