Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Hutto labeled a liability by County Government

More information on the reasoning the county is giving for the projected termination of the CCA contract.

From the Austin American-Stateman:

Williamson County agreed to enter the contract last year, but the Commissioners Court's newly elected members now say it might have tied them to responsibilities the county doesn't want.

County Judge Dan A. Gattis, chairman of the court, said he and county attorneys started discussing the contract after they received a letter a few months ago from the federal government that inquired about the county's knowledge of a maintenance problem at the center. He said knowing about maintenance issues and the everyday happenings at the center was "not our job."

"The problem is the liability. We're in the middle of the contract, but we have very little control of what happens at this facility," Gattis said. "Anything could happen over there."