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

At Tuesday night's city council meeting, the council gave final approval to the 2013-2014 city budget, as well as a increase in property tax rates. Robertson said that, while they are some good parts to this budget, he still refused to vote for it, mainly due to the tax increase and the failure of the council to make significant cuts to several other budgets.

"The first and foremost reason is that tax increase. We did not have to raise property taxes, but we did. We raised them 1.23 cents per hundred...The second reason is we did not do our job as a council scrutinizing LEDA's budget, Market Lubbock's budget, and LP&L's budget. And that concerns me."

One major point of contention for Robertson is LP&L's advertising budget. He said that LP&L has no competition in the city, and as such, has no reason to advertise at all. Robertson also spoke about the latest developments with the smart meters. He explained that people could now opt of getting smart meters, but would likely have to pay an additional fee to do so, and he assured that the smart meters would not cause a loss of jobs for the meter readers.

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Mayor Glen Robertson appears Friday mornings from 7 AM to 8 AM after every city council meeting, only on NewsTalk 790 KFYO and online at KFYO.com.