Council to discuss Omni building, smoking ban, LP&L raises

Published: Jul. 10, 2014 at 7:24 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2014 at 4:23 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock City Council is set to discuss three big issues Thursday night that could have a direct impact on Lubbock taxpayers.

First they will consider a resolution for the city to buy the Omni building in downtown Lubbock for $1.225 million, paid from general fund net assets. The agenda item, which was put on the list by City Manager James Loomis, doesn’t specifically say what the city plans to do with the building if the purchase is made official.

The council will also, "Consider a resolution directing the Electric Utility Board to reconsider its Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget to the City Council of the City of Lubbock." The resolution, put on the agenda by Mayor Glen Robertson, says the Council is currently not in support of a 5.75 percent rate increase for LP&L customers and doesn’t think the company should give employees a nearly three percent pay increase.

The agenda item says, "The City of Lubbock Electric Utility Board is directed to promptly reexamine the proposed Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget for the Electric Utility and make all necessary adjustments to it, so that the revised budget submitted to the City Council adequately funds the Electric Utility, but does so without requiring an increase to the electric rates.”

Finally, the West Texas Smoke Free Coalition and the Smoke-Free Texas Coalition will address the council about the importance of a comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance in the City of Lubbock. The group believes, "Workers in Lubbock should not have to put their health in jeopardy when the City Council has the power to pass a smoke-free ordinance."

The coalition hopes to convince the council to pass an ordinance that would ban smoking in all indoor spaces in Lubbock.

We will have a crew at the meeting tonight and will have a complete update of the outcomes tonight at 10.

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