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11/5/2007-Smith Co.

Early Voting Numbers & Proposed Jail BreakDown

We are one day away from Election Day, and already voters have shown up to the polls.

Early voting numbers are in and they are up almost 50%. In Smith County the last jail bond had over 4242 voters, but this year over 6271 voters went to the polls early.

What's on this ballot is a $125 million jail bond package. It's called a package because it includes many things. 

A new jail tower - $51 Million. A new low risk facility - $10.45 million. Existing jail renovation -$6.25 million. Offices for law enforcement, adult probation - $14 million. Site construction/land acquisition - $2 million. Design construction and legal costs - $32 million. Space for future beds -$6.24 million.

$2 million will be used to demolish and implode the Old Carlton Hotel, the current Smith County Office building.

So what does that mean for you? If you have a $100,000 home, your taxes would increase about $66 dollars a year. Over 25 years the average homeowner(a $100,000 home) would pay about $1668.

However, if you're over 65, your taxes won't be affected at all.

So we asked both groups why voters should vote yes or no.

"It's way more than we need. We don't need a high rise jail that's the most expensive construction you can build," said Bobby Curtis with Citizens for the Right Jail Plan.

"If we do nothing, it will cost us $255 million and we will not have any of these jail improvements. So if we do nothing it will cost us more money," said Herb Buie, chairman of Build The Jail Committee.

Polls open Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. We will have the results right here on KLTV 7.

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com




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