Commissioners Corley, Seay skip meeting to avoid vote on propert

Commissioners Corley, Seay skip meeting to avoid vote on property tax rate

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

County Commissioners Jason Corley and Chad Seay announced in a video posted on Facebook that they are refusing to attend Monday morning's Commissioners' meeting where a vote on the property tax rate is scheduled. 

"In our last work session we agreed to the budget as it was presented today. We also agreed to adopt the effective tax rate to meet the budget," County Judge Curtis Parrish said. "I'm just very disappointed that two of our members decided not to."

Corley and Seay held a public meeting Friday where they explained that they would not vote for a plan to set the property tax rate above the effective rate. They are, instead, calling for cuts to the County budget. 

Commissioners had planned to vote on setting the tax rate the same as last year, which was above the effective rate - citing the need for more Sheriff's deputies to cut down on response times among other needs. In the video In the video titled "No Show. No Vote," Seay said he and Corley have a different plan. 

"Over the last several months, Jason and I have worked closely with elected officials and department heads to cut nearly $3 million in spending," Seay said.

Seay and Corley claim their budget will still meet the needs of the Sheriff's Office, but they blame other members of the Commissioners' Court for not going along with their plan and wanting to stay above the effective rate. 

Because state law requires four members of the court to be present to constitute a quorum for voting on levying taxes, Corley and Saey say they are refusing to attend. They say by staying away, Lubbock County is forced to revert to the effective rate. Read the statues here.

"They are elected to represent their precincts and they chose not to represent their precincts today," Parrish said. 

The video was posted on the Lubbock Taxpayers Coalition Facebook page minutes after the Commissioners' Court meeting began at 10 a.m. 

With a quorum of three members, commissioners were able to set the November election. The ballot will have 10 constitutional amendments to vote for. 

Among them, a ban on a state income tax. That proposal came up last session while lawmakers tried to fix property taxes and school finance. 

Others include tax exemptions for property damaged by natural disasters and pushing more money for cancer research. There will also be a special election for the Mayor of Slaton. 

Those eligible to vote in last year's midterm will be eligible to vote in this election. 

The last day to register is Monday, October 7. Early voting will be the last two weeks of October.

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