Jail bond proposal will be on ballot In November

It's official - Smith County residents will get a chance to vote on the county's newest jail bond proposal in November.

Late this afternoon, the County Commissioners voted to place the $59.6 million bond on the ballot. This will be the county's third attempt to get voters to agree to a jail bond, and it's roughly half the price of the last proposal.

If passed, the new jail would be built in downtown Tyler adjacent to the current jail. The biggest problem now may be another item on the November ballot - nearly $125 million Tyler school bond. That's two bond proposals, each meaning a raise in property taxes.

Cathryn Khalil / ckhalil@kltv.com