It's easy to kick the city and the county for wasteful spending especially in light of a county tax hike. But Monday the city council set aside half a million dollars to help potential victims of Hurricane Ike.
The last we heard, as many as 800 folks could make Lubbock their temporary home as they wait out the storm. And when they do get to go home, their homes might be damaged or destroyed. Tuesday the county took similar steps.
Do we really have the money as local taxpayers to be doing this? Only two years ago when the city stepped forward to help victims of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina the federal government refused to reimburse 100 percent of the expenses. We could get stuck with some or all of those expenses including overtime and emergency supplies.
But consider this, if Lubbock were hit with a repeat of the 1970 tornado we would be grateful for the help other major cities might provide. There's a time and a place to criticize local government spending and this is not it.
We have an obligation to our fellow man and no matter whether or not the federal government pays us back, this is money well spent.
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