Lubbock resident creates petition for change - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock resident creates petition for change

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Long time Lubbock resident and former mayoral candidate, Mikel Ward, is on a mission.

"It can be done if we all stick together," Ward told the media Wednesday about the petition she created.

She says there were four driving forces behind the petition and that her latest effort is to, what she calls, "give the citizens back their voice."

"It's giving voice to a lot of people who are frustrated right now so they can basically let their council members know they want some changes," said Ward.

The four key places Ward wants to see those change are as follows:

  • Prioritize spending on essential city wide services
  • Stop funding special interest groups and projects
  • Stop increasing and phase out unfair hidden taxes on utility bills
  • And stop adding debt without public discussion and voter approval

"We can't just keep funding these things because somebody thinks it's a good idea to fund this certain area or this certain group of people," Ward said.

One of Ward's main concerns is the council's decision to fund the North and East Lubbock Community Development Corporation.

"It's not that they're doing these silly things but it's that they're siphoning out this money into different things when we could be using it to paying for and not gaining interest for it," said Ward.

But she's not alone in her efforts.

Lana Bear Moore has also signed the petition, but she's not stopping there.

She's running for city council in May.

"My message to them is to be open and honest. Point blank," Moore said, "Be open and honest and come through with what you're doing. Quit hiding behind closed doors."

These two passionate citizens are committed to seeing a change in the seven seats of the Lubbock City Council.

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