Smith County has been working for the last several years on the “Pay-As-You-Go” Capital Project Master Plan to create a downtown campus of county facilities.
In the last eight years, the master plan has included acquiring and/or renovating downtown buildings to house county departments, resulting in more convenient service for residents.
Shortly after County Judge Joel Baker took office in 2007, the Commissioners Court began discussing Smith County facilities and in 2008, approved the Master Plan.
Renovating the downtown buildings not only helps revitalize downtown, but it also better serves residents and meets the basic needs of the county. Smith County has more than 800 employees.
“We have wisely invested in downtown,” Judge Baker said. “It has been inexpensive, comparatively, to buy and renovate these facilities.”