Lubbock County hospital district taxes could be increasing almost eight percent. Before County Commissioners approve the proposed tax increase, they want to hear what you think.
In just a few hours commissioners will be holding a public hearing to address the increase. Hospital administrators say an increase is needed. University Medical Center requested to raise the tax rate seven-point-nine percent. For someone owning a $100,000 home that would be $.68 more per month. UMC Division Director Greg Bruce says the increase is necessary, blaming it on the rising cost of indigent care and state budget cuts. County commissioners also have their own proposal to raise county taxes half a cent.
The public hearing will be at 10:30 Monday morning at the Lubbock County Courthouse. The meeting is one of three this month. Last year county commissioners approved a three-percent tax rate increase. They also approved a three percent increase to the hospital district property tax rate at that time.