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Lubbock County considering proposed tax increase

Bubba Sedeno voting against proposed tax rate (Source: KCBD Video) Bubba Sedeno voting against proposed tax rate (Source: KCBD Video)
LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) -

The proposed tax rate for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 is to stay at the current tax rate of 35.8 cents per $100 valuation.

However, County Commissioner Bubba Sedeno wants the rate to be lowered to the effective tax rate of 34.8 cents. 

Sedeno said if Lubbock County moves forward with the proposed tax rate, it will cost the average household an additional $27. 

"We should not close the door or make it hard for the poor to survive and/or the elderly. Those young married couples that are struggling, having babies and own their homes....$27 doesn't seem like much, but it does to a lot of people," Sedeno said. 

The county would be receiving more money from property taxes this year than last because of new construction and the increased value of homes.

County Commissioner Patti Jones said the county would use the money for new voting machines and to help pay for the remodeling of county buildings. 

Anytime there is a tax increase, the county is required to host public hearings.

The first hearing took place on Monday at 10 a.m., but no one showed up.

"It is considered a tax increase in the truth and taxation laws. Even though we are staying with our current rate, so our public hearing is because we are having a tax increase and no one showed up to say a word," Jones said.

We asked Sedeno about the lack of attendance at a hearing discussing something stands firmly against.

"People have to work and they can't come here at 10 in the morning. Do I get calls?  Yes. Do other commissioners get calls? I bet they do," Sedeno said.

The second hearing will take place Thursday, September 1 at 10 a.m. at the Lubbock County Courthouse. 

Lubbock County Commissioners will vote on September 12.

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