A proposed $104 million bond election is drawing mixed reaction in Lubbock. Thursday night, city leaders held a meeting to discuss the proposals, and community members took the opportunity to let council know how they feel.
The people who spoke during the meeting focused on two projects, redoing 34th Street and building new soccer fields, but others told council now is not the time to do any of it.
"We speak in favor of a bond election for infrastructure repair to be held in May," President of the 34th Street Association of Lubbock Inc. Andrew Turner said.
He led the charge for 34th Street improvements and fellow business owners followed.
"Let's keep the bond election; let's keep the infrastructure; let's keep 34th Street; let's build around it and keep Lubbock and the central part of it growing, profitable, and a place for small business to go and develop," Kevin Watson of Watson State Farm Insurance on 34th Street said.
"We just want to encourage council to consider those much needed improvements to that street, the sidewalks and curbs and consider lighting if you would as crime continues to move into that area," Rodney Roberts of the Sunset Church of Christ on 34th Street said.
New soccer fields also sparked discussion.
"We've been called whiners, cry babies; we've been accused of trying to gouge Lubbock citizens for $11-million," President of the Lubbock Soccer Association Billy Babcock said.
"It's my opinion politics have been played with soccer since the last election to make some look good, to make some look bad," Larry Burks from the Lubbock Soccer Association said.
"When these politics affect our children we have a right to speak out. Our mayor has been the biggest supporter and deserves our support in this endeavor, both for 34th Street and the soccer complex and the other bonds. Don't not vote or vote for anything because of the council votes that have happened in the past," Babcock said.
Some speakers say now is not the time to go into debt.
"We face a situation nationwide and worldwide of a potential recession, a very deep recession or possibly even a depression," Roger Settler said.
"Ms. Dumbauld's proposal is ambitious at best, and we're going to have to be frugal in what we do when we take on more debt. Mr. Settler is correct; we could be facing a recession and reduced revenue," Cliff Burnett said.
"34th Street is a noble cause; it should have been repaired long ago, but now is not the time to seek out projects like street repairs and soccer fields," Settler said.
Councilman Floyd Price was the only council member to address the bond issue after citizen's comments. He says he is for fixing things that have decayed so bad that if the city waits any longer, they'll have to spend more on repairs.
If council does call for a bond election, they'll have to do it by the end of next month to get it on the May ballot.
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