As a new Mayor and Council take office, I would like to thank the outgoing Mayor and Councilman for their service.
Tom Martin and Jim Gilbreath gave 110% to a job that basically pays nothing. They used their office to do positive things like securing a 100-year water supply and improving transportation with the Marsha Sharp Freeway. For those things, I say thank you.
Now a new Mayor is taking the torch, and he has his work cut out for him.
Glen Robertson was elected by a large majority. He got votes because he made big promises.
Robertson said he wants to reduce City debt by 20%. He wants to make City Hall more transparent. And he also blasted former Councilmembers for hidden taxes and fees.
So as a taxpayers, I expect an effective Mayor to follow through and do something about all of that. That will be his challenge.
Will Rogers summed it up best:"We are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does."
In this case, Lubbock will keep this mayor for the next two years, no matter what he does. So he will be judged on his follow-up. Because big promises cause big resentment with voters if they are not carried out.
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