General Manager Dan Jackson invited Lubbock mayor David Miller to be his guest in this week's Consider This segment. Mayor Miller accepted and discusses broken campaign pledges and the needs of the city.
Mayor Miller's comments are as follows:
I'm David Miller, mayor of Lubbock, and when Dan Jackson, General Manager of NewsChannel 11 called this week and asked if I would be willing to take his spot here, on Consider This, not only was I pleasantly surprised, but I was grateful as well. Grateful so I could spend just these two or three minutes with you talking about an ethical dilemma that I have had as mayor.
As you well know by now, I made the statement during the campaign for mayor that I thought we could stay with the current tax rate and grow the revenues for the city based on both the growth of the city as well as increase in appraisals. I believed that to be true at that time based on discussions with the CFO of the city, the financial officer, the city manager and other city council people, but then when we started studying the budget in earnest, the entire council as well as the staff and many of you as citizens, we found things like our streets, for years had not been maintained properly, and I'm not pointing fingers at the immediate past council, but for a number of years we had not maintained our streets properly. Proof positive of this, is the fact that we repaired over 70 thousand, yes that's 7-0 thousand, pot holes in our streets just this last year. We should be resealcoating our streets once every eight to ten years, and the pace we were on actually had us reseal coating once every 27 years.
I found parts that had not been properly maintained. A building inspection department that was short four inspectors in spite of the fact they are one of the largest building boom of our city's history. In fact, we only have one city plan inspector for new buildings when we need two to three in that same position. Health Department employees, I toured the animal shelter just today and I see how short they are on funds as well. So here was the dilemma, do I stick with the campaign pledge that I made, or do I do what's right for the citizens?
Let me tell you that every time I'll choose you, the citizens, rather than my own political welfare, and if that means I wasn't able to stick to that campaign pledge, so be it. Instead, I believe that the City of Lubbock will be better, and the city council almost unanimously approved this budget, did unanimously approve the tax rate, I should say they did unanimously approve the budget , and I'm delighted that we are going to bring you a better city as your partner. Dan, thanks for letting me have the time tonight.
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