Smith County citizens speak for, against proposed courthouse bond

Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 10:50 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2022 at 4:02 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Smith County commissioners held a courthouse workshop Monday to discuss a proposed bond for building a new Smith County courthouse.

Citizens spoke out for the proposal with one speaking against it. Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran said the proposed bond would be on the agenda for next week’s commissioners court meeting.

One woman spoke out in favor of the new courthouse citing safety and security for jurors, witnesses, and family members.

“My daughter was shot and the defendant was walking down and he looked over and snickered and shouldn’t no family have to go through that so safety is the number one thing for me,” said Lisa Williams.

Another citizen, identified as Richard Blake, spoke against the bond, saying he believes the project should be put on hold in what he says are uncertain economic times.

“When you have uncertain times, I don’t think that’s the time to put the taxpayers on the hook not knowing what’s going to happen in the future with the revenue coming into the county,” he said.

Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran plans to ask commissioners to call a November bond election at the court’s Aug. 9 meeting.

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