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Mayor Glen Robertson Discusses Citizen Comments and Tax Rate Increase From City Council Meeting [AUDIO]

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On Friday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News, Mayor Glen Robertson talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about the latest coming out of city council.

At last night’s lengthy city council meeting, many citizens came forward to voice their concerns about a number of topics, including the tax rate, LP&L and LEDA and Market Lubbock. Robertson said he is still facing some opposition on his plan to cut Market Lubbock’s funding, but he firmly believes there are considerable unused capital funds available in Market Lubbock that can be cut.

“The reason I proposed it is because they have about $2.8 million budgeted to go into capital projects fund with no capital improvements plan at all. There were notes that there were 37 identified “potential” projects, and that one or more may start in 2013-14. That’s not how we do business in the City of Lubbock. It’s not a good way to run a governmental business. It’s not a good way to account for tax dollars.”

Last night was also the first public tax rate hearing for the city of Lubbock. Robertson said that, unfortunately, property taxes will increase by 1.23 cents, and that even though he still believes the city budget can be balanced without resorting to a tax increase, but he simply doesn’t have the votes to support him.

Robertson also talked about the city’s ongoing search for a new city manager. Last night, the council approved an in-house search for a new manager, and Robertson said he expects the new manager will be officially announced in October of 2014.

Listen to full interview with Glen Robertson here:

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Mayor Glen Robertson appears on Lubbock’s First News Fridays at 7 AM after every city council meeting, only on NewsTalk 790 KFYO and online at KFYO.com.

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