Tyler Tea Party Opposes Smith County Jail Plan
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."