What went wrong at the JDF?
On December 17, 2004, the Kerr County Commissioners voted 3-2 to purchase the County Juvenile
Detention Facility (JDF) from the Hill Country Juvenile Facilities Corp. for the sum of $1.9 million. The vote
was 2-2, with Buster Baldwin and Dave Nicholson opposed; County Judge Pat Tinley broke the tie, voting in favor.
This came after weeks
of negotiations with the bondholders who had invested nearly $5 million in the facility. This article is an effort
to understand how we got to this place. to continue.....
What do we tell the
According to their actions to date, the Kerr County Juvenile Board's
answer to this question is: only what the taxpayers can figure out for themselves. With the juvenile board’s unwillingness
to explain their lack of oversight and the Commissioners Court’s reluctance to demand an explanation from them, the
taxpayers are left in the dark. to continue....
know or not to know....that seems to be the question
When County Judge Pat Tinley worked out the Juvenile Detention Facility (JDF) purchase agreement with representatives
of the 11 bondholders, he insisted on immunity for all county employees -- including the juvenile board and the County
Commissioners. Without this legal guarantee of immunity, the "deal" would never have been approved by the county. to continue ...
A series of unfortunate contradictions
Who's telling the truth? We've compiled a number of public statements regarding the JDF.
Commissioner's Court Transcripts
available at www.co.kerr.tx.us