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AP: Ailing economy could sink Tyler jail plan again

The most contentious local bond election Tuesday in Texas might be in Smith County.

There, voters in the ultraconservative heart of East Texas could reject a jail expansion proposal for the fourth time in three years. Each have been sound defeats that came in better times for taxpayers.

The latest pitch is a $59.6 million, 694-bed jail addition offered in a widening national financial crisis. Like other local ballot measures Texas, the plan could be sunk by economic fears.

More than 50 school districts in Texas are asking voters to approve tax hikes Tuesday, hoping to fare better than at least two dozen districts that have already been rejected by voters in tax rollback elections.

In Dallas County, a $747 million package to build a new Parkland Memorial Hospital is among the largest bond proposals in the state. Without any organized opposition, the crumbling economic climate may be the biggest hurdle.

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