Public Hearing on Proposed Lubbock County Tax Rate Increase - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/24/08

Public Hearing on Proposed Lubbock County Tax Rate Increase

If you oppose a tax rate increase in Lubbock County, you have one more chance to voice your opinion. On August 11th Lubbock County Commissioners voted to increase taxes by nearly 8 percent. That means the taxes on a $100,000 home would increase by about $3 a month.

A handful of residents attended the first public hearing last Thursday. Critics believe the proposed increase is more then what is needed for the new Lubbock County Jail.

Others say continued tax hikes hurt those on a fixed income.

County Judge Tom Head says he understands the concerns of taxpayers, but that commissioners have a job to do, "I'm not sure the taxpayers understand what all we have to deal with. We don't like to raise taxes, we don't want to raise taxes, but sometimes it is necessary."

Commissioners will hold their final public hearing on the topic at 10:15am Monday, August 25th at the County Commissioner's Court located on the 5th floor of the Lubbock County Courthouse.

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