INTERVIEW: Mayor Pope supports Lubbock ISD bond, Expo Center pro - FOX34 Lubbock

INTERVIEW: Mayor Pope supports Lubbock ISD bond, Expo Center proposals

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Mayor Dan Pope said he supports both propositions on Lubbock County's ballots and encourages voters to approve Lubbock ISD's $130 million bond package and raising the hotel-motel occupancy tax to fund the Lubbock County Expo Center.

A guest on the News@Nine Wednesday, Pope said he especially likes how neither proposal will affect property taxes, and said the bond proposal is well-thought through. On the Expo Center proposition, Pope said Lubbock County has been missing "the appropriate type of dirt-floor facility for as far back as [he] can remember."

"The Coliseum was not made for rodeos," he said, "it's very difficult to get dirt in and out of there, it's one of the arguments we made when we put it on the ballot earlier this year."

"I think an expo center makes sense," he continued, "I think it makes sense for tourism, I think it's good for our local businesses, I like [...] the way they proposed to pay for it, I like they're going to raise some money privately to help endow the operations... I also like the idea it's going to have a group of private citizens that will run the non-profit operating group. I think the plan appears to be well-thought out, and I think it's worthy of support."

Pope said he's especially encouraged by record early voting turnout in this midterm.

"It's remarkable what we've seen," Pope said, "and we need more people involved in the process, so I certainly support that."

Addressing citizens' concerns over the Lubbock 2040 plan, or the changes to the city's comprehensive land use plan, Pope said the planning committee involved immediately made changes to the plan to reflect the feedback, and more changes could be made through the process.

Mayor Pope also praised the city's efforts on reducing stormwater flooding, saying the city is much better off now than it was in the past. Our full interview is attached to the top of this page.

Early voting runs through Nov. 2; Election Day is Nov. 6. We have a full list of candidates and propositions, as well as interviews with the candidates and advocates for the proposals here.

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