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Tyler Tea Party Opposes Smith County Jail Plan

Tyler Tea Party Opposes Smith County Jail Plan
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POSTED: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3:40pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 6:59pm

The Tyler Tea Party has started to actively protest the proposed $35,000,000 Smith County Jail Plan.

Activist Tammy Blair says she doesn't think now is the right time to raise taxes on citizens, because of the recent high gas prices and rising cost of living.

Here's County Commissioner Jeff Warr's response to the Tea Party complaints.

"It is my hope that Smith County voters will make a decision on this proposal based on factual information.

I have personally discussed the development of this plan over the past year during weekly open meetings of the Smith County Commissioners Court.

I have personally spoken to at least 20 groups around the county with even more scheduled over the next few weeks.

In every meeting citizens have been given the opportunity to make public comment and ask questions about the plan.

Their comments and input have been important to ensure that concerns are heard and addressed.
This plan addresses much-needed safety and security improvements to the current jail facility and includes
additional beds to handle the growth Smith County has seen over the past two decades.

This proposal means that Smith County can quit renting jail space in other counties at a cumulative cost of $17.5 million dollars of our taxpayers’ money.

This is money that is continuing to leave Smith County to fund the operations of other counties throughout east Texas.

This plan should stop that loss and bring those taxpayer dollars home."

--Jeff Warr

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As a resident of Smith county for over fifty years and an advocate of law enforcement, I cannot support this jail bond. Smith county property appraisals show our property values to be above the true market value and there are few residents who don't understand that this was done to keep from defaulting on the $300,000,000. school bond that passed in 2008. We taxpayers are carrying an already heavy tax load in an economy stricken with inflation. County government must tighten it's belt like we do

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