Lubbock council to discuss budget, re-zoning of late for police

Lubbock council to discuss budget, re-zoning of land for police station Tuesday

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock City Council will discuss its budget again next week.

The council is expected to approve a fund transfer for a parking garage at Citizen's Tower. The parking would be just south of that building.

The money will come from funds left over from the tower project. City leaders say Citizen's tower is on time and under budget.

The police department is requesting a new portable bomb robot. Staffers say the one they have is broken beyond repair. It'll cost about $234,000, paid for out of the abandoned motor vehicle fund.

Council members are also expected to approve re-zoning a plot of land for the south Lubbock police substation, at Indiana and 140th Street.

The proposed budget includes a one-cent increase to the property tax rate, to 55.802 cents per $100 valuation. A year ago city leaders expected the budget that's being worked on now to include a two-cent increase. But they say growth within the city allowed the increase to be dropped to one cent. This two-stepped increase is for public safety projects.

Also included in how much you pay is, on average, a five-percent appraisal increase in Lubbock.

Another way to look at these two increases is using the effective rate, which is what would generate roughly the same revenue from property on the appraisal rolls both last year and this year. The effective rate for this proposed budget is 53.615 cents per $100 valuation. According to preliminary data from the city, the proposed effective tax rate increase is 4.08 percent; the exact increase had not yet been certified by the central appraisal district. 

The budget also includes a roughly 17 percent decrease to the storm water fee. Mayor Pope discussed the budget, city projects and other topics with us in-studio earlier this week. Watch the interview below.

 

The next council meeting is 4:30 Tuesday, Aug. 13 at City Hall. You can sign up to give your input to council members.

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