Mayor Glen Robertson Says He Will Not Back Down From Market Lubbock Funding Cuts [AUDIO]
On the Thursday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, Mayor Glen Robertson spoke with Chad Hasty about tonight's city council meeting and the backlash from his recent comments concerning LEDA and Market Lubbock.
Robertson had proposed to cut funding to Market Lubbock by half a cent. Soon after, he received a number of threats telling him to walk away from cutting the funding. However, Robertson was unfazed by what he called "completely empty threats" and said he will not just give up on an issue just because someone threatened him.
"If you've got the courage to get out there and make a phone call and tell me that you're going to prop somebody up to run against me, that's fine. But I'm not going to sit there and just roll over and play dead to folks...they need to understand that I will talk about this type of thing in public. It doesn't concern me."
Robertson explained that he is not against economic growth, and that he recognizes LEDA and Market Lubbock's efforts to offer incentives to businesses coming to Lubbock. However, he also said that his main concern right now is coming up with a balanced budget without resorting to tax increases for the citizens of Lubbock. And in Market Lubbock's case, Robertson said he saw several opportunities to cut spending and keep the budget balanced. without a tax increase.
Tonight, the city council will host public hearings over the city city budget and tax rates. Robertson said that there will not be an increase in storm water fees or the base water fees. However, he added that the tax rate will likely increase, despite Robertson's objection.
Public comments at city council start at 6:15 PM this evening.
Listen to the full interview with Glen Robertson here:
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