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Lubbock citizens demand answers about NELCDC funding

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Ysidro Gutierrez Ysidro Gutierrez
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

One month after our investigation uncovered issues involving a city-funded nonprofit, seven Lubbock citizens have signed up to voice their concerns at Thursday night's city council meeting.

Recently, questions have been raised regarding the North and East Lubbock Development Corporation. Our investigation has already told you about possible conflicts of interest and the appearance of secrecy inside NELCDC.

Ysidro Gutierrez says they need to know where their tax dollars are going.

"The people of Lubbock have a right to know the answers. That's the reason I'm speaking tomorrow," Gutierrez says.

"We're facing some really critical decisions and we can't just keep funding these things just because someone thinks it's a neat idea to help a certain area or certain group of people or whatever it is," Mikel Ward says.

Our continuing investigation has uncovered possible conflicts of interest involving the nonprofit and city staff members.

"There appears to be a conflict of interest and when there appears to be, then it should be answered," Gutierrez says.

We've also encountered a refusal to hand over the records that would reveal exactly what the NELCDC is doing with the cash they were given to spur economic growth in North and East Lubbock.

"I believe that the city council has been remiss in allowing it to get to this point," Gutierrez says.

Gutierrez and the others hope to get an open discussion and a few answers at City Hall on Thursday night.

"I hope that they will engage me," Gutierrez says.

Some of the citizens who signed up will be asking the council to consider rescinding the resolution that will award the NELCDC another lump sum of cash for the city's mineral rights.

KCBD will be at the council meeting Thursday night, starting at 6:15 p.m.

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For more on these stories, visit our investigative partner at www.SandstormScholar.com.

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