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Smith Co. commissioners sign resolution: WATCH VIDEO

TYLER, TX - Smith County Commissioners approved and signed a resolution this morning pledging future revenue resulting from jail improvements to the early retirement of jail debt.

Last month the Commissioner's Court unanimously voted to place a $35 million bond proposal on the May ballot which will alleviate jail overcrowding issues in Smith County. The proposed bond will cost taxpayers one cent per $100 of assessed property value for 15 years; an average household cost of $13 per year.

Today's resolution pledges that any surplus revenue above actual costs incurred from housing inmates from outside counties will be applied toward paying off the jail debt faster than originally planned. The Commissioners jointly signed the resolution during a regularly scheduled Commissioners Court meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The 2011 plan to alleviate jail overcrowding features the addition of 384 beds to the current downtown site, addresses public and employee safety issues and includes an infirmary to cut inmate hospital expenses by an estimated $600,000 - $800,000 per year. Smith County currently spends $2.3 million annually on out-of-county inmate transport and housing.

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