The 2014 Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold three public meetings next week seeking input for a possible bond election.
The committee, which was appointed by the Lubbock City Council in August, will study the need for capital improvements for the City of Lubbock, determine if the city needs to hold a bond election, and if so, prioritize and recommend what projects should be put on a bond - but this time they are slightly changing operations.
"It is citizen driven," said Cheryl Brock, executive director of budget for the City of Lubbock. "The whole committee is made up of citizens of Lubbock, and they really want citizens to come out and tell them what they think is important. [CAC President Barry Orr] wanted to have the public input early in the process. They started meeting in November and he really wanted the public input so that they could include that in their process."
The goal of the public input to see what capital improvements people want to see in Lubbock, such as park facilities, streets, municipal facilities, fire stations and other such things.
All Lubbock residents are encouraged to attend the following meetings and let the CAC know if they think a bond election should be held, and what projects they would like to see on a possible bond.
Brock said it is not as if the committee has a list of improvements they want to accomplish and are using citizen feedback to prioritize. Rather, citizen feedback and ideas will be listened to and prioritized by subcommittees before the final recommendation is made to the city council.
"They started meeting in late December, so we're really not that far along to have projects on the table at this point in time," Brock said. "That's one of the reasons why they wanted to have the input. They want to know from citizens what they think and what they see needs to be done."
The specific subcommittees are streets, municipal facilities and public safety, parks and recreation and finance.
Brock said it's too soon to say how much all of this will cost the tax payers.
"When the council created the committee, they did not set a dollar figure for a bond election," she said. "Basically, what it says is they are to look at and make a recommendation on whether we should have a bond election and if so what should be on it. They didn't really set a cap for it. That will be up to the CAC. Once they go through their process, they'll determine within the committee what they think is reasonable or doable."
The meeting locations will be as follows:
Monday, January 13 7 p.m.
Estacado High School Auditorium
1504 East Itasca Avenue
Tuesday, January 14 7 p.m.
Irons Middle School Auditorium
5214 79th Street
Thursday, January 16 7 p.m.
Mackenzie Middle School Library
5402 West 12th Street
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