"We will continue to monitor this. We don't want, as I mentioned yesterday during the meeting, we do not want to close down our city. That is not our intent. And we don't want to put fear into citizens. What we're trying to do is make sure that everybody understands social distancing from each other... We have plenty of soap, we have plenty of water, and everybody needs to continue to wash their hands," Griffith said.
Griffith explained their decision, saying,
The last thing you want to do is increase the tax rate, I mean it's the very last thing you want to do. The reason we did this, and we've talked about this for almost 2 years, is our plan for the police substations and community policing. We're already doing community policing, as you all know, and we need to be brutally honest about how great our city is, but we have big city crime issues, especially with property crime.
On the topic of downtown redevelopment, the councilman was asked about the plan to have the NTS building be rented out as an apartment, and if he was concerned with the idea of it being low income apartments. The councilman responded that he was not at all worried about it, and thought that it was an incredibly nice place.
Lubbock City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Griffith on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin discussing the city government's move into Citizen's Tower, construction of a new parking facility at Citizen's Tower, the legacy of former Mayor Tom Martin, and more.
The filing deadline for the May Municipal Election ended on Friday with two City Council candidates running unopposed. Mayor Pope has one challenger, and Lubbock City Council District 1 is a three-man race.