You may have to pay more taxes on your county bill starting October 1st as Lubbock County Commissioners need more money to pay for overwhelming costs its facing next year.
It means the average home owner who pays taxes on an $80,000 house would pay $5 more a year for the county portion of their property taxes.
Commissioners are proposing a half cent sales tax increase from .255 to .26, but it could have been more, according to commissioner Bill McCay.
Commissioner McCay says they were able to trim costs from county departments and pull money from bond and insurance funds to help cover a $2.5 million shortfall. Part of that goes to paying federally mandated costs like electronic voting machines. They also want to give county employee raises next year.
"It's my job. That's what I am supposed to do. I have to make sure that every cent goes to essential needs and services. That's what I am supposed to do, that's what I want to do. That's why I was elected," said McCay.
McCay says each commissioner is going over the budget again on their own to see if they can trim down more costs. If they do that, it means less of a tax increase for you.
Commissioners want to hear from you at three public meetings held September 12th, 15th, and the 26th at 10:30 a.m. on the 5th floor of the Lubbock County Courthouse.
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