It was another long night for the Lubbock City Council.
After hearing from several people who were against a proposed increase in city property taxes, council approved a first reading to increase the rate by 2.8 percent.
Mayor Glen Robertson said that this increase would cost the people of Lubbock about one dollar a month.
"It's a little over a penny," Robertson said. "1.23 cents on the tax rate so you can figure $12 and 30 cents per $100,000 of valuation."
They also discussed the purchase of 'smart meters' that were presented in the LP&L board meeting on Tuesday.
The LP&L staff brought in a company expert to explain how they work.
Council member Karen Gibson requested further discussion about the meters and proposed that they be removed from this year's budget.
Gibson also requested a change to add more staff and funding to the building inspection department, which the council approved.
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