Commissioners consider public safety needs in budget talks - FOX34 Lubbock

Commissioners consider public safety needs in budget talks

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Lubbock County commissioners appear to be split on how to stretch its budget while not raising taxes. They want your input at a set of public hearings later this month.

Sheriff Kelly Rowe is asking for raises, to keep the department competitive. He says it is losing deputies to other departments that pay more. Volunteer fire services are also asking for about $500,000 more in support.

Commissioners say they can't afford across-the-board raises for county employees, like were granted last year. They are considering options, including another paid day off.

"Although we are looking at all the budgets, at all our departments looking to trim as much as we can from here to there, the one thing that we are all consistent in is that we want to make sure that our public safety is fully funded," County Judge Curtis Parrish said. 

Commissioners voted unanimously to deny salary increases for elected positions, including the commissioners' court and Sheriff Rowe. 

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