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.
"Almost every other state has some sort of either hard revenue cap or voter approval rate in there to make sure that people are not taxed out of their homes. This is something that almost every elected person across the country thinks is completely important, and all we're saying is prioritize spending. Pay public safety out of your first dollars. There's more than enough money. Then, when you go to some of the other things, the economic development tools, the dog parks and other things, you know, that's when you pay that last. And if you think it's worthwhile to go to the voters, go to the voters. Voters are smart. They understand the difference between needs and wants. And if it truly is a public safety issue, I bet it passes, especially here in Lubbock Texas," Burrows said.