Last week I had the pleasure of attending one of three community action committee meetings aimed at recruiting ideas for Lubbock needs going forward.
The nearly two hour meeting was dominated by three subjects: a call for a new library in southwest Lubbock, the need for a new Lubbock police station, and the general consensus that city leaders should make it a priority to reduce our debt load from other projects and take us off the list of the top five most in-debt cities in Texas.
Based on what I saw, the group pushing for a new library will continue to be the most vocal. Second, I think the public threshold for supporting any new projects would be the highest for a new police station, and, finally, any new debt put on the book will clearly need to be accompanied by a fast track plan to reduce the debt we already have.
Lubbock has needs but we must approach them in a smart way or our West Texas Conservative base won't buy into it. We have already spent a great deal of money to secure water and now we are faced with spending even more to secure long term power.
I have confidence the folks steering this ship will take that approach. I'd like to thank chairman Barry Orr and the rest of his committee for volunteering their service and hard work to this great community.
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