County Commissioners are still going over the budget and the possibility exists that a tax increase could be in the future. According to one report, Judge Tom Head said he would support a tax increase in order to pay for what Sheriff Kelly Rowe wants.

Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe requested nearly an additional $2.5 million to his office’s budget, including more than a dozen vehicles, 2.5-percent across-the-board pay raises and seven new positions — a request Lubbock County Judge Tom Head and Commissioner Gilbert Flores said shows the need to focus on public safety despite commissioners’ hopes to hold the line on the fiscal year 2013 budget.

“I think we need to give the sheriff what he wants — the equipment he wants, the personnel he wants,” Head said, adding, “If it requires a tax increase, then forgive me.”

What do you think about the proposal? Is it too early for the commissioners to even think about a tax increase? Do they really need to approve everything the Sheriff wants? Would you support a tax increase from Lubbock County to pay for what the sheriff wants? Let us know in today's LFN Poll of the Day.

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