Lubbock Leaders on State of the City: the Good, the Bad, and the Controversy

Published 01/14 2014 05:26PM

Updated 01/14 2014 06:20PM

By Alison Morris

LUBBOCK- A mostly optimistic outlook from city leaders on the state of the city.

Mayor Glen Robertson said that most things are on the up and up. 

 "Construction starts are great, apartment occupancy is up, sales tax revenue is up. Population growth is still steady. Everything is just really pointing to the positive."

Those are the high points, Robertson said, but there are some lows.

"We still have some work to do with our electric utility. We have some issues we have to work out there."

City council member Todd Klien said that though the economy is great, he worries about some families. 

"A lot of the families in this community are having a tough time," said Klien. "How do we beat down their expenses?"

Mayor Robertson also addressed the controversy after the city manager was fired and the city attorney took a leave of absence.

"It's a distraction," said Robertson. "It diverts our attention from where it really needs to be."

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