County saves taxpayers $1.5 million on new electric deal

The Galveston County Commissioners Court has approved a six year agreement with TXU Energy to provide electricity to all county facilities saving taxpayers about $250,000 a year, or $1.5 million over the term of the contract. “We conducted an exhaustive review of our electric needs and what suppliers were offering, and TXU Energy was by far the most compelling and allowed us to lock-in historic low rates” County Judge Mark Henry said. “We will continue to do our due diligence on every contract to make sure that, on behalf of taxpayers, we are getting the best possible deal and being treated fairly and honestly by service providers.” TXU Energy’s bid came in at $90,000 below the current aggre

County officials receive first results from justice system review

A non-profit specializing in criminal justice assessments has completed a first round review on the county’s justice system citing inefficiencies and the need to modernize the system as reasons behind a higher than average jail population and recidivism rates. Galveston County entered into an engagement with the Council of State Governments – Justice Center in March to complete an assessment of the county justice system and mental health services for justice involved mentally ill persons. The preliminary report focused on addressing four key areas: jail population, recidivism, mental health and the creation of a pretrial release supervision program. “I look forward to the conversation betwee