Lubbock County Commissioners vote to approve budget, pay raises

Lubbock County Commissioners vote to approve budget, pay raises

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A new Lubbock County budget passed in a 4 to 1 vote Monday, but not without a heated moment between two Lubbock County Commissioners.

Lubbock County Commissioner Bubba Sedeno stood firm and alone on Monday, voting against giving elected officials a three percent raise while leaving county employee's raises to the discretion of department heads and elected officials.

"It's always been my position that as long as county commissioners know they are going to get a raise, then all Lubbock County employees need to get a raise," Sedeno said.

Lubbock County Commissioner Patti Jones questioned Sedeno after he voted against the proposal.

"Are you going to deny your raise come October 1?" Jones asked.

"I think you should have asked that question during discussion," Sedeno responded.

It was a tense moment we asked Sedeno about following commissioner's court.

"Commissioner Jones knows my position, has known my position all summer long. This is not a game of cards up here. I mean, if I really wanted to, I could have called her and said, 'I'll give up my raise if you give up yours,'" Sedeno said.

We asked Sedeno if it is normal to question another commissioner's vote.

"I have never seen it happen in the past as long as I've been on the court. I know she has questioned another commissioner before," Sedeno said.

KCBD reported on it when it happened.

In July of this year, she asked Lubbock County Commissioner Mark Heinrich why he voted a certain way.

It is something we asked her about following commissioner's court on Monday.

"It's not about anything. It's just the fact that we are trying to do what is best for Lubbock County and there are times that I just feel like the reason he is giving for it, I don't feel like is sufficient," Jones said.

"I voted against the budget, the tax rate. It is always been my position during the budget hearings, that I was voting against the current rate. I did not want to raise taxes; I wanted to keep them as low as possible," Sedeno said.

Jones said she voted in favor of keeping the current tax rate because additional money is needed for renovations to county buildings and for new voting equipment.

"It's gotten to the point where they don't make that style anymore. So in order to repair it we are kind of having to rob Peter to pay Paul," Jones said.

Jones said the county will get a substantial discount if it purchases the equipment soon.

On Monday, the judge asked if there were any public comments before the commissioners voted on the budget, but no one came forward.

So, in 4 to 1 votes, the county adopted a new budget and decided to keep the current tax rate.

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