Pro-jail Bond Committee Meets the Press
ROBERT E. T. K. By ADAM RUSSELLStaff WriterLeaders from past jail bond advocacy and opposition groups gathered inside the Courthouse Annex for an 11 a.m. public announcement of their intent to seek a vote of yes in November.The "Finally! Former opposition and advocacy leaders Bobby Curtis and Herb Buie, respectively, addressed the media and the small gathering of bond supporters and consultants including State Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler.Eltife acted as mediator after the $126 million bond failed during the last November election and worked with Buie, Curtis, Commissioner JoAnn Fleming and County Judge Joel Baker to find a consensus jail plan.Curtis and Buie believe this plan has a consensus and will pass.Curtis said he has always felt a new jail was needed but that the last bond was not in the best interest of the community. From the beginning the group looked to stay within a $60 million budget for a jail that would meet all the state requirements and end the remedial order."We spe...
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