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Commissioners candidates discuss proposed property tax decrease

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Democratic candidates for Commissioner's Court join their GOP opponents in warning about a proposed property tax decrease.

Nick Harpster, precinct two candidate, and T.G. Caraway, precinct four candidate, said this cut could back-fire and lead to an increase later.

Commissioners are considering a one-cent decrease. GOP candidates Chad Seay and Jason Corley said that will negatively impact public safety specifically, the Sheriff's Office.

Sitting commissioners said economic growth will cover the gap. Democratic candidates said there needs to be a balance between taxes and obligations.

"So, we need to be careful as far as not necessarily raising taxes but lowering to the point where we are not generating that new income where we can take the income we've had from previous years and add that into our budgets to go ahead and spend what we need to now." Harpster said.

The next budget hearing is open to the public Monday.

Commissioners anticipate approving the county's budget and the tax cut September 10th.

"A lot of things start going wrong and we're going to have to go in and raise the tax rate. You need people on the commissioner's court that's going to sit down and manage this thing," Caraway said.

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