Councilwoman Karen Gibson has been in the news a lot lately dealing with issues like a potential smoking ban and the budget. Gibson has come out against the proposed smoking ban and has been hesitant about raising taxes. On Wednesday night we learned that Gibson was able to find enough money in the budget to scrap the proposed tax increase, but only if the rest of the council goes along with her plan according to

Unless something changes, the Lubbock City Council plans to raise property taxes by 2.29 cents per hundred in the coming fiscal year. However, Councilwoman Karen Gibson plans to make some changes.

Gibson told she has a four-point plan to balance the city's budget, and restore two Citibus routes that might otherwise be eliminated.

Her four point plan is:

  • Adjust the estimate on sales tax revenues
  • Cut two capital projects
  • Adjust for attrition in city salaries
  • Use fund balances which are above the city's policy

Gibson said, "I took some money out of capital projects that I thought were extremely high."

One example is Municipal Square. Gibson said the city has every intention of tearing down Municipal Square and building a brand new police station. So, she wonders why the city would set aside $750,000 for improvements to that building.

"I don’t understand putting three-quarters of a million dollars in a building you’re going to tear down," Gibson said. "That makes no sense to me. So I took $525,000 out of that capital project."

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