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Potter County Sheriff's Department to build $21.5 million dollar facility

Sheriff Brian Thomas Sheriff Brian Thomas
Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner Potter County Judge Nancy Tanner

Amarillo, TX - The Potter County Sheriff's Office announced the new facilities they are building will cost $21.5 million dollars.

Since 2010, the county has been assessing the facility's needs and the Advisory Committee and Commissioner's Court agreed that the new facilities are necessary. The current Sheriff's Office was converted from an old jail and the department said the building is having issues with plumbing and asbestos. Potter County Sheriff, Brian Thomas, said their current facility does not have adequate space to house all of their employees and the services they provide. 

The new buildings will include an office which will house most of the staff, a new storage unit, and a building for vehicle maintenance. Thomas believes adding these new buildings will make communication easier for the department. Potter County Judge, Nancy Tanner said the building will be funded through taxpayer money and bonds.  

Thomas wants taxpayers to know their money is being used for a good purpose. "I am a taxpayer too so I'm very aware of what we are spending," Thomas said. "I'm very aware of what's going on over there, the biggest thing I can tell taxpayers is that this is not a want this really is a need."

Homeowners can expect an estimated $17.16 increase in their taxes the first year, followed by a decrease of about $6 in the second year and another decrease of $15.53 in year three. Construction on the new facilities is estimated to begin next year.

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