Consider This: Taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for council's high-dollar projects

Consider This: Taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for council's high-dollar projects

The Lubbock City Council began budget talks for the new year beginning Oct. 1.

This council has made significant improvements in its approach to the city budget.

Cutting back the vehicle lease program, which is nothing more than a backdoor way to borrow, and paying cash for vehicles has been Councilwoman Joy's priority since day one and I agree.

Cash funding street maintenance is another positive step. Borrowing for routine maintenance was bad business.

But it's not all about budget-cutting at the city council. There's still room to do better.

In two years this council has borrowed or committed to borrow more than $120 million for Citizens Tower and its new Public Safety projects. Mayor Pope told KCBD last week he expects a one cent property tax increase.

Consider this...if the Lubbock City Council wants its high-dollar projects, let it tighten its belt like the rest of us do.

Don't expect Lubbock citizens to pay higher taxes for your extravagance. If you want it, find some place to cut.

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