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Burkburnett police facility reaction

Source: KAUZ Source: KAUZ
BURKBURNETT, TX (KAUZ) -

There are many problems with the current Burkburnett police facility, including holes in the roof, jail cells unable to function and a lack of storage space. 
The department even has a separate shed for storing large pieces of evidence.
Lieutenant Lahoma Vaughn says it is a relief to have a new facility in the future.
    "I think everybody is really excited about it," Vaughn said. "It is just going to be a relief to go to a building that is more secure for the staff and a facility that actually meets the needs of the department."
Vaughn also said that she has heard rumors about a new facility for a while, but never believed it would happen.
Now that it is happening, she is very excited.
However, not all residents are on board.
Billy Woods, a resident of Burkburnett, thinks the attention needs to be shifted to the school district.
    "I am against the new facility because I think they should do better with the education system," Woods said. "They need to put in some more play grounds for the kids."
Others, like fellow local John Beard, agree that there need to be changes.
They just wish they could have had a vote.
    "I wish we would have had the opportunity to vote on it," Beard said. "I believe it would have passed. It has been a few years since I have been in the jail, but we need a new jail."
Beard is also one of the residents who is not in favor of the tax increase.
"I hate to see my taxes raised," Beard said. "I can barely pay them now, but if we do, we do."

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