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INTERVIEW: Organizer: Expo Center wouldn't raise taxes, is accountable to Lubbock County

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

"Proposition A" on Lubbock County ballots asks to raise the county's hotel-motel occupancy tax by two percent -- to 15 percent -- in order to provide funding for the Lubbock County Expo Center, a large multi-purpose dirt-floor arena proposed to stand on North University Avenue. 

Organizer Randy Jordan, who spearheaded the movement to provide a replacement for the municipal coliseum, said the location -- near current county commissioner Patti Jones's land -- is the final selection out of 15 potential areas originally scouted, and is the most affordable, the easiest to access, and the most visible.

"We felt like it met all that criteria," Jordan said on the News@Nine Tuesday night, "so we weren't concerned about who owned land close to it, or who was neighbors; we were looking at this tract of land, and had nothing to do with whether Patti Jones owned land north of it, east of it, or anywhere.

"It's just the right place," Jordan continued, "for the Lubbock County Expo Center."

Jordan said Lubbock County Commissioners will have a say in how the venue operates, but he said "previous experience" in other Texas cities shows the government should not fully operate the Expo Center.

"These dollars are going to go into a county fund," he said, "with the sole purpose to be used for this venue, but certainly the county would have oversight there. The non-profit board of directors that will be operating, managing, planning, [and] designing this will certainly have accountability to commissioner's court."

Jordan's full interview is at the top of this page. 

Early voting continues through Nov. 2; Election Day is Nov. 6.

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