Lubbock taxpayers were not hiding their anger at tonight's public hearing over the proposed budget and tax rate increase. It wasn't a packed chamber, but there was still plenty of passion filling the room.
There was a long line of people wanting to speak about their frustrations at council. When it comes to raising the tax rate up 1.23 cents per one hundred dollars valuation, people were overwhelmingly pushing for one thing to solve the city's problems: budget cuts.
There were a lot of demands to cut spending on special interest projects like LEDA and other economic development and Market Lubbock. Other citizen comments said the city needs to distinguish between taxes and fees saying the city is treating them as the same.
Most people speaking at the public hearing felt that council should not be asking the citizens to be careful about their spending if the city isn't going to do the same, because the people are hurting too.
"Start looking at very nook and cranny where you can make cuts, and you'll be heroes to the people. Now is the time to do that. Now is the time to look into your conscience and say 'can I honestly vote to continue this madness?'" Said one speaker.
"What in the world is going on? If you can't cut this budget, maybe every one of you needs to be re-elected." Said another angry speaker.
The final decision on the proposed tax rate increase won't take place until September 10th at 6:15 p.m. during a regular city council meeting.