New Mayor's Plan for Visitor Center - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/20/08

New Mayor's Plan for Visitor Center

After only 5 days in office, Mayor Tom Martin is jumping into one of the city's most controversial issues - the visitor center.

Martin says that Thursday's city council meeting could have some answers when taking about the $5.9 million budget for the city's visitor center. 

"I'm looking forward to those discussions. I think many of our council members have good ideas of how to accomplish the goal of having a visitor center, but also keeping the cost at a much less figure than talked about previously," said Martin

City Council Member Jim Gilbreath does confirm that the visitor center project will be discussed on Thursday, but says that no new decisions will be made just yet.

"I think it's worth our while to revisit the price tag," said Gilbreath. 

Last year the city purchased the property for a little less than a million dollars, and eventually approved over $6 million for the entire project. Those amounts raised questions.

"None of our tax payer's money is going into this, but it is going to be a sales tool that is going to help increase the sales tax. I don't understand why we wouldn't support. Why we would not want something like this for Lubbock," said Lubbock City Councilwoman Phyllis Jones.

Controversy surrounded this topic. 

"It's time for us to quit penny pinching Lubbock to death," said Lubbock City Councilman Floyd Price.

Councilman Gilbreath later helped bring that number down $5.9 million. Now the mayor says he plans to take it even lower.    

The city council meeting begins Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

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