Grayson Commissioners mull jail expansion options
SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Uncertainty continues to surround a proposal to expand the Grayson County Jail located in Sherman's central business district.
County Commissioners have two options: Either continue with the expansion as planned or put everything on hold until a bond election in November that could fund the jail's relocation to a less controversial site.
Taxpayers went back-and-forth with Commissioners for nearly an hour at Tuesday's meeting. They want more details on costs, and some are worried about the optics of an expanded jail so close to downtown businesses.
Commissioners want to push forward with the expansion, concerned about delaying the project.
"It would be the wrong thing to do for the citizens of Grayson County to delay this any more than we have," said Commissioner Jeff Whitmire.
A bond for the jail's relocation would be issued for up to $250 million. That money would come straight from taxpayers' wallets in a county-wide property tax increase.
Currently, the jail does not have enough space to hold inmates. Grayson County Sheriff Tom Watt described inmates sleeping on mats in the booking room.
"We've been overcrowded since 2017," Watt said. "We need more bed space."