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Taxpayers will fork out more to the county this year

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Updated: 9/11/2012 2:19 am
Lubbock County taxpayers will be paying more in the new fiscal year that begins next month.

County Commissioners approve a 1.7 cent increase in the property tax rate to 34.6 cents per $100 valuation. The total county budget commissioners also approve is more than $832,000 dollars more than last year's.

Commissioners said it covers law enforcement needs.

It allows us to have the money to do what we need to do to put some more patrol officers out on the road," Lubbock Co. Commissioner, Patti Jones, said. "To raise some salaries of, beginning salaries of detention officers. and then for our district attorney, to get the beginning salaries, or some salaries of his senior, not beginning, but senior staffers to be able to retain them, because we all want qualified prosecutors in the courtroom."

The two citizens speaking at the public hearing on the county tax increase, oppose it.

Commissioners also approved a fraction of a penny decrease in the county hospital district property tax rate.
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