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6/20/05-Smith County

Commissioners: Cost Of Doing Nothing Is $300,000,000

Smith County Commissioners continue to hammer out the details in their plans to build a new jail to relieve overcrowding.

They met again this afternoon, but still no decision. However, commissioners say not building a new jail would be too costly: $300,000,000 most of which would go to other counties to house Smith County inmates.

Commissioners will meet again tomorrow afternoon. By the end of this month, they expect to make a decision on whether to privatize the new jail or have the county build it.

Julie Tam, reporting.


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