Lubbock County, Texas

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Financial Transparency

Welcome to Lubbock County’s Financial Transparency web page.  Lubbock County is commented to providing the public with significant financial information in a way that is meaningful, clear, and with data that is easy to use. This page contains financial disclosures for Traditional Finances by providing the County’s adopted budget, the annual financial report, and the expenses through check registers. By posting these financial documents, charts and data in raw format, it is our desire to foster transparency and accountability while allowing the citizens of Lubbock County to be informed on financial operations. Such financial operations that include but not limited to the services provided and spending decisions made by our county officials that occur in our local government.

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Lubbock County for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ended 2018.  This award of achievement recognizes that the County’s annual financial report has had an annual audit performed by an independent auditor in accordance with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

Transparency Stars - The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts encourages local governments to go above and beyond in their efforts to provide financial information to the public. Local governments may achieve a transparency star in traditional finances, contracts and procurement, economic development, public pensions, debt obligations.

Traditional Finances- Transparency Summary

Entity:  Lubbock County
Type of Entity:  County
Most recently completed fiscal year,
10/01/2019 -09/30/2020 

Staffing 

Total full-time equivalent positions for all personnel in the most recently completed fiscal year: 1186

Expenditures

Total expenditures for most recently completed fiscal year: $144,910,461
Total expenditures per capita for most recently completed fiscal year: $466.60 
Source:  https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/lubbockcountytexas  Year for population: 2019 

Revenues

Total revenue from all funds for the most recently completed fiscal year: $141,425,482
Total revenue from all funds expressed as per capita amount for the most recently completed fiscal year: $455.38
Total property tax revenue for the most recently completed fiscal year: $72,589,316
Total revenues from property taxes expressed as per capita amount for the most recently completed fiscal year: $233.73
Total sales tax revenue for the most recently completed fiscal year: $27,746,649
Total sales tax revenue expressed per capita amount for the most recently completed fiscal year: $89.34
 

Charts

Revenues and Expendituers

Property Tax

Note:  Tax Rate is per $100 valuation and includes the Maintenance and Operations (M&O) tax rate and an Interest & Sinking (I&S) tax rate. The M&O tax rate –provides funds for the maintenance and operation for an entity. Whereas an I&S tax rate provides funds for the payments on the debt that finances an entity’s facilities and infrastructure.

Population

Full Time

Documents

Annual Budget: Proposed spending and revenue, shown in broad categories by office/department and by account type. A budget serves as the financial plan for the county.

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report: A comparison of budgeted to actual expenses and revenues. A financial report demonstrates how well the county managed within the proposed budget and plan.

 

Downloadable Data 

Raw Format Annual Budget: Proposed spending and revenue, shown by line item by office/department and by account type in raw format.

Raw Format Expenditure Check Register: Listing of expenses showing to whom payment was made, payment date, payment number, account number, account name, payment description and payment amount. "All purchases are made in compliance with the Texas Local Government Code (LGC), other relevant law and best business practices." 

Raw Format Salary Report: Listing of gross salary expenses with description, by date, fund, department and line item.

 

Other Financial Information

Monthly Unaudited Financial Report: Reports showing Financial Statements, Schedules, Budget Status, Funds on Deposit, Bonded Indebtedness, and other financial information.

Utility Bills: Listing of expenses paid for utilities (gas & electricity) showing the vendor, service address, billing period, usage and amount paid.

Current Tax Rates: Overview of the current rates of property and sales taxes imposed by Lubbock County. Lubbock Central Appraisal District /
Texas Comptroller Website

 

Debt Information

The County issued General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2013 to refund the County's outstanding Certificates of Obligation, Series 2006 in order to lower the overall debt service requirements of the County.

The County issued General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2016 to refund the County’s General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2007 in order to lower the overall debt service requirements of the County.

The County issued Unlimited Tax Road Bonds, Series 2019 on August 26, 2019 to be used for construction, maintenance, and operations of macadamized, graveled or paved roads and turnpikes, or in aid thereof, throughout the County and to pay professional services and the costs of issuance related to the bonds.

The County issued Special Tax Revenue Bonds 2020 from a voter-approved venue tax comprised of hotel occupancy tax and a short-term rental tax.  These taxes are collected to finance this debt service for the purpose of a County Expo Center. 

The County issued Unlimited Tax Road Bonds, Series 2020 on November 16, 2020 to be used for construction, maintenance, and operations of macadamized, graveled or paved roads and turnpikes, or in aid thereof, throughout the County and to pay professional services and the costs of issuance related to the bonds. 

Contact Information

Main
Lubbock County Courthouse
906 Broadway
Lubbock, TX 79401
806-775-1000 

Mailing Address
Lubbock County Courthouse
P.O. Box 10536
Lubbock, TX 79408 

Elected Officials (pdf)

County Auditor
Kathy Williams
916 Main, Suite 700
Lubbock, TX 79408
806-775-1097

 

Public Information Request

THE PUBLIC INFORMATION ACT

Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer’s agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.

Procedures to Obtain Information

  • Submit a written request by mail, e-mail, or in person to the County Department from which the information is sought.
  • Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the County to accurately identify and locate the information requested.
  • Cooperate with the County’s reasonable efforts to clarify the type or amount of information requested.

CLICK HERE for a summary of the Rights of Requestors and the Responsibilities of Governmental Bodies under Texas Government Code, Chapter 552.

For complaints regarding failure to release public information please contact:

Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney’s Office
ATTN: Civil Division, Open Records
P.O. Box 10536
Lubbock, TX 79408-3536 

You may also contact the Office of the Attorney General, Open Records Hotline, at 512-478-6736 or toll-free at 1-877-673-6839. 

For complaints regarding overcharges, please contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Cost Rules Administrator at 512-475-2497


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