Lubbock County Commissioners discuss tax hike

Lubbock County Commissioners discuss tax hike

LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock County Commissioners met Monday and proposed keeping the current tax raise which is an increase of the effective rate. They also heard discussion about the budget and tax rate for the Lubbock County Hospital District (University Medical Center).

The hospital district reported a $51 million surplus of revenues over expenses for its last budget year according to UMC CEO David Allison who made the presentation to the commissioners. The hospital district has about $300 million in reserves.

Allison told the commissioners that UMC would not be asking for a tax increase next year. The tax rate proposed to keep the tax rate at the effective rate which will trigger a decrease in the current rate.

The hospital district operates under the supervision of a board of managers appointed by the Lubbock County Commissioners.

In separate business, Commissioner Patti Jones offered a motion adding three percent to budget for payroll. This amount is for discretionary pay raises as determined by the department head or supervisor. Commissioner Jones said it is not cost of living adjustment or merit raise and not all employees will see an increase. All elected officials will receive a three percent raise.

The motion passed 4/1 with Bubba Sedeno voting "no".

Commissioner Jones noted several major expenses coming up including new voting equipment and the law enforcement center. New voting equipment, according to Jones, could cost the county as much as $12 million.

The commissioners discussed keeping the tax rate at the current rate. No vote was taken. Keeping the current rate is an increase of the effective rate, therefore two public hearings on the proposed tax rate must be held. The first public hearing will be August 29 at 10 a.m.

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