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Commissioner clarifies stance on courthouse restoration bond election
by Joe Baker
Jun 30, 2011 | 831 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Commissioners Court voted 4-1 in favor of a courthouse restoration bond election during their June 14 meeting, but little detail was given about what exactly voters would be deciding.

The item was placed on the agenda by Commissioner Tracey Schendel. He and Commissioners Pete Jauer, James Rosales and County Judge Barbara Shaw voted in favor while Commissioner Carl Hummel voted against.

Schendel told The Karnes Countywide during an interview last week that the purpose of calling a bond election would be to raise matching funds in the event that the county is awarded a full Phase 2 courthouse restoration grant as part of the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.

According to information provided by the Karnes County Historical Commission, the current estimate of the cost of a Phase 2 full restoration project is $8.3 million. If awarded a grant, the state would pay $5.3 million and the county would pay the remaining $3.0 million.

“I guess the bond election -- the funds from that will go to help pay for whatever that grant won’t pay for, because I don’t know if the grant is going to have any money or not,” Schendel said.

Commissioner Carl Hummel said he was also confused about what the bond election agenda item was all about.

“The bond election for the restoration of the courthouse -- I never could get it out of them,” Hummel said. “I asked them, ‘How much?’ and they wouldn’t say. I said, okay is if for Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 1 and 2? They wouldn’t say. Just that it was a bond election and those details would be worked out later.”

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