On Friday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson spoke with Chad Hasty and Rex Andrew about the latest issues coming out of yesterday's city council meeting.

The big issue coming out of yesterday's meeting was the first draft of the 2012-2013 city budget.  Mayor Robertson pointed out the three major components of the new budget. First, there would be no increase in utility fees. Second, there would be no increase in property taxes beyond what the voters voted for the in 2009 bond election. And third, there would be a 3% pay increase for all city employees.

Mayor Robertson then spoke in more detail about the proposed 3% pay raise for all city employees. He said that city employees are some of the best assets the city has, and that they are far from being "overpaid and underworked" as some people believe.

"I know it's good sport to pick on the city employees, but the one thing that I've found, probably the most pleasant surprise since I've been in office as Mayor, is how good our city employees are. We've got 2,300 employees and, yes, there are some bad employees, but it's truly a handful."

Mayor Robertson also took several calls from listeners concerning the city budget, debt, city infrastructure, and pay raises for city employees.