County Commissioner Kenny Maines says it won't happen. Maines gives three reasons for the increase. He says health insurance will cost 30% more, premiums are going up for workers' compensation coverage, and more money is being spent to house inmates. Maines says despite the increases, the county has it all covered without raising county taxes.
"We're fortunate in Lubbock County to have sufficient reserve that we can still transfer those to next year's budget and balance the budget," Maines said.
Maines says there is about $14-million in the reserve fund. Last year, the county over budgeted, saving the county almost $3 million which they put back into the reserve fund.