Wichita County Man Pays for Ad Against Jail

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Wichita County voters will soon decide the fate of a new jail and not everyone believes hiking taxes is the way to go and one man even paid for a radio ad, campaigning against the bond.
 
While the commissioners and committee members said they need to raise taxes because a new jail is a need, not a want, one voter says the county should sell the old jail to fund the construction of a new one.
 
Chester Cox has lived in Wichita county for many years.
 
He's not entirely against a new jail and admits the county probably needs one, but said there are other ways to pay for it.
 
"One guy suggested 'Why can't we sell the building the jail is in right now? And generate and put that money towards the new jail?' Cox said. "There's other ways they can get that."
 
But Wichita County Sheriff David Duke said that's not the case and that the building was already old and dilapidated before it ever became a jail.
 
"Those cages were built in a factory," Sheriff Duke said. "It was not built, designed, it wasn't built for a jail. It was an old factory and they built cages inside there," he said.
 
Along with the costs of maintaining the jail, Sheriff Duke said tax payers are spending quite a bit because of the lack of space.
 
"The real hard cost for the tax payers starts whenever they have to stay and we have to put them in general population," Sheriff Duke said. "So we're doing that almost everytime they come to the jail now compared to the new facility. They can stay in the book end center for up to three days," he said.
 
If the bond passes, the cost to a property owner will be an additional 5-and-a-half cents per 100 dollars of property value and Cox said that adds up to too much.
 
"They just need more money. It's not theirs," Cox said. "It's mine. I need to keep it."
 
That stance is why Cox invested his own money in an ad against the bond, but said he will accept the results if that's what the voters decide.
 
Cox said he wants everyone to go out and vote.
You still have one more chance to cast a ballot-- election day is this Saturday.

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