Commission to hold forum to discuss financial options

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 19, 2000

A second public forum to discuss financial support for the construction of a new jail facility and to acquire land for a spec building to entice more industries to Butler County has been scheduled by the Butler County Commission.

The meeting, to be held at the Greenville YMCA building on Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m., has been scheduled to acquire more input regarding a proposed tax increase or some other way of raising funds to replace the county's 70 year-old jail and to help start a Butler County Industrial Park.

Commissioner Joe Hendrix said that he felt it was important to have another meeting at this time because many people have formed opinions and may have ideas that the commission would like to hear.

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"We feel that the news has gotten to the people of the county by now and that there may be some of them with

ideas and suggestions that could help us with our decision. We want to hear from as many people as we can on these two issues," Hendrix said.

The commission expects many people to be present at the upcoming forum. The last meeting, held in the courthouse annex building was a standing-room only affair.

"We are looking to have a big crowd which is one of the reasons we moved the meeting to the YMCA. I believe there are a lot of people out there that realize the county has to do something, but the process of actually getting those things done is where there are a lot of different ideas and we want to hear as many of them as we can in order to make the best decision," he said.

Representative Charles Newton is scheduled to take part in the forum and Senator Wendell Mitchell has been invited but it is unknown at this time if he will attend. Probate Judge Mac Russell will serve as the meeting moderator.

Commissioner Leroy Johnson said that the meeting was to let the public know what they are doing and thinking as well as receiving more suggestions.