Taxes are going up for Lubbock County residents. On Monday, county commissioners approved a 3% tax rate increase.
That means, a person owning an $80,834 home would pay $5.24 more per year. Commissioner Patty Jones said the increase is necessary to keep up with inflation.
Commissioners also approved a 3% increase to the hospital district property tax rate. Again, based on a home that's worth about $80,000, the property owner will pay $2.52 more per year.
University Medical Center Division Director, Greg Bruce, says the increase was needed due to the rising number on uninsured patients, the soaring cost of pharmaceuticals and the nursing shortage.
Both increases go into effect October 1st.