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Mayor Glen Robertson Says Increases In Storm Water And Proprety Tax Rates May Be Unavoidable [AUDIO]

Ariel Walden, KFYO.com

On Friday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News, Mayor Glen Robertson spoke with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about last night’s city council meeting.

At last night’s budget work session, the council discussed potential increases in both storm water rates and property taxes. Robertson said he hopes the council can come to a solution that would avoid raising rates, particularly in the midst of the recent rate increases from LP&L. However, he admits that the council may have no other choice but to raise rates.

“This is the worst possible time for us to hit our taxpayers with another tax. It’s unconsciousable what we did to them last month with the electric rate, and then to start adding insult to injury with more storm water, more property taxes, it’s going to be tough. We don’t have a good solution yet.”

The final budget will not be approved until September 9th.

LP&L’s budget was also discussed at the work session. While Robertson said he was glad that LP&L retracted the $30 service fee for setting up a payment program, he still called it “too late for damage control.” After the work session concluded, however, there was a slight confrontation between Robertson and Hernandez, in which Hernandez allegedly called Robertson an expletive, and later took to his Facebook page to complain about the Mayor’s “anger issues.” Robertson, however, said he would prefer to let things cool down between Hernandez and himself and put the incident behind him.

Listen to the full interview with Mayor Glen Robertson here:

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Mayor Glen Robertson appears on Lubbock’s First News Friday morning from 7 AM to 8 AM after very regular city council meeting, only on NewsTalk 790 KFYO and online at KFYO.com.

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