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Commissioners endorse specialty courts; $1.6M raised for expo center

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LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas -

Lubbock County commissioners unanimously endorsed continuing, and expanding, the county's specialty court system. The county is applying for more state money to support its drug, DWI, and re-entry courts. It's also asking for funding for a mental health court and a veterans' court. These are special courts set aside from the normal proceedings, to process these specific cases. They're designed to keep people out of prison.

Lubbock County doesn't have a "mental health court" yet, but the intention is to help guide qualifying offenders away from jail, and into treatment. Veterans' court deals with former service members who may be struggling with substance abuse or mental illness. Work is already underway to build that, with guidance from veterans groups and Texas Tech law students. 

Lubbock County has raised more than $ 1.6M for the Lubbock County expo center. That's the "venue tax" and "rental fee" money it's set aside for that project. The county's tax assessor collector gives county commissioners an update each month. Two percent of the overall hotel, motel occupancy tax goes toward the expo center. It's intended to cover construction, operation, and maintenance. The budget for building the expo center is $50M. It's supposed to open next year. 

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