Bond money returned to District One

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Updated: 9/28/2012 1:42 am

Lubbock District one residents like Joe Riojas were upset. They said bond money they voted on belongs in their district and not 34th Street.

"Disappointing why we even have to state why we want the money that is allocated to us," he said.

At a Council meeting two weeks ago, members approved the city budget which included moving $750,000 dollars from District One to 34th Street. The $750,000 dollar figure dates back to a 2004 voter-approved bond package.

Several District One residents urged council members to move the money back to North University.

The city is in a time crunch and needs to spend the money on an existing project, one like the 34th Street redevelopment.

President of the 34th Street Association Kyra Jenkins said "I just want everybody to remember one thing and that is every district in Lubbock, except for District Four touches 34th Street some point," she said "So every citizen is benefiting off of construction on 34th."

After hearing citizens input and Councilman Victor Hernandez's presentation, Council members approved to keep the money in District One. The money will help with street maintenance on North University.

Councilman Victor Hernandez said, "If the voters vote for bond monies used in a particular district, or project, that district and project needs to be completed," he said. "That was the real message that council sent out, that they respect the voters wishes."

A second budget amendment related to a District One project also was approved. Money allocated to build an open air pavilion in Buddy Holly Park designated to renovate the historic Landwer House there, instead.

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