A property tax hike will help Lubbock County pay for a 4.3% increase in its total budget for the coming year. And taxpayers have an opportunity to look at the proposed budget between now and next Monday September 10, 10:30 AM which is the date & time of a public hearing. It will be on the 5th floor of the County Courthouse. The 343-page budget is posted to the county's web site (see link below).
KCBD NewsChannel 11 did some digging and it appears from the budget that rank & file employees of Lubbock County are getting a 5% pay raise as compared to the original 2012 budget. Sources confirm that in April there was a 5% across-the-board pay raise to employees but not elected officials. That 5% raise is reflected in the proposed 2013 budget.
Above and beyond the 5% raise, the starting pay for employees of the Sheriff's Department and will go up and attorneys in the District Attorney will get another pay raise in the coming year to keep salaries competitive with other counties.
The most recent economic study available from the Lubbock National Bank website shows that Lubbock's year-over-year consumer price index (the local inflation rate) was 3.1%.
CLICK HERE to read a copy of the proposed budget.
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