I'd like to tell the tale of two local governments this week.
The City of Lubbock struggled to keep taxes low this year. The City Council lowered the tax rate almost enough to offset increasing appraisal values. Despite the city's efforts the average homeowner will still pay almost two percent more this coming year, but let's at least give them credit for trying.
Now let's talk about the county. County Commissioners raised your taxes as high as they legally could, nearly 11 percent on average. That, of course, is the combination of the highest possible tax rate increase and higher appraisal values. They say it's because they'll have to run the old jail and new jail in the same budget year - we'll see.
Consider this, if one year from now the county commissioners lower taxes all the way back to the 2007 rate then maybe they really are sincere. But if they don't roll it back, and I mean all the way back, then this was just a ruse to take more of your hard-earned money and grow county government.
I would remind those elected officials of what Thomas Jefferson once said, "The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases."
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