The numbers are in bold black and white. High salaries, car allowances, and bonuses for
Lubbock Economic Development Alliance and Market Lubbock employees.
Lubbock Mayor Pro-Tem Karen Gibson said, "They are a little surprising when you see them all at once, but they are concerning."
Some of the six-figure salaries for LEDA's CEO, CFO, Business Director, and others are raising red flags.
"I want to make sure that the citizens are getting what their tax-dollars are paying for all the way around," Gibson said.
According to LEDA documents in 2011, CEO John Osborne made just over $181,000 dollars in salary, received a $14,000 dollar car allowance, and raked in more than $54,000 in added bonuses.
Outgoing LEDA Board Chairman Curtis Griffith said Osborne is making less then LEDA's former CEO, and he reminds us Osborne is doing two different jobs.
"In our minds the citizens of Lubbock are getting a bargain out of this, because we have a really talented man heading up the organizations and we are doing it at less compensation," he said.
Osborne's salary jumped from 2010 to 2011 by more than $40,000 dollars.
"Felt it was only appropriate to give him a significant increase, because essentially he is doing two jobs, not just the job he was hired for." "We see it as the one place city tax dollars are being expended on specifically generating
more city tax dollars, in both property taxes, sales, hotel motel taxes," he said. "You can look at the numbers and I think you can see it's a pretty successful investment.
Osborne heads up both Visit Lubbock, and LEDA. Councilman Todd Klein wonders if there's a better way.
"The answers I'm looking for are, 'Can we improve things?' and they way to do that is create a partnership based on trust and collaboration," he said.
"I want to take a look at the whole picture," Gibson said. "I think John is doing a fantastic job, now are we getting bargain?" I want to look at the whole picture - Market Lubbock, and LEDA, everything."
LEDA's mission is to promote economic growth by creating jobs. Council members Klein and Gibson plan on questioning and hopefully finding common ground with LEDA's board in the coming weeks to make sure tax money is sent accordingly.