"Let's face it. Politicians are historically bad at managing money. So far though, our local city leaders have bucked that trend by rolling back our property taxes three years in a row with the guidance of our city managers. Well it's budget time again this year and I'm hearing that in order to keep city services going, the Lubbock City Manager, Lee Ann Dumbauld and city hall must raise our taxes for the first time in years. That's disturbing news.
Raising taxes is not a small thing. That's why Councilmen Gary Boren and Jim Gilbreath have never voted for a tax increase. New Councilman John Leonard told me taxes will be raised over his dead body. New Mayor David Miller made us this promise just three months ago in a campaign ad. In his ad, Miller said, 'Lubbock will continue to grow and that's good news but there's even more good news. As your mayor, I will use that growth to help reduce your city property tax burden and put your hard earned money back where it belongs in your pocket.'
Now the campaign is over. Miller is in office with a new city manager and he and other council members have to decide. Do they roll up their sleeves, do their job and balance the budget? Or do they rubber stamp the increase, and pass the burden on to you and me?
Consider this: Who let Lee Ann Dumbauld submit a budget with a tax increase to begin with? With Lubbock's unprecedented growth, the city is bringing in over $12 million in additional revenue from increased property values. Someone should tell Ms. Dumbauld that is not a gloomy forecast for the City of Lubbock. That growth should be enough to maintain most services. If not, cut where Ms. Dumbauld says we should. That's what we all have to do in our every day budgets. Don't shove a tax increase down our throats. I don't think I could say it any better than Mayor Miller did in his campaign. Use the growth to lower our property tax burden. If a city manager can't do that, find one who can."
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