A group of residents formed the political action committee Citizens for a Secure Future on Wednesday to lobby in favor of building the estimated $36 million downtown facility.
Voters will decide in a May 8 bond election whether to build the justice center, which is planned for construction along Seguin Avenue between Bridge and Zink streets, across from the current Comal County Tax Office.
“I believe, along with many others, that we must plan for our future,” said PAC founder Bill Kotylo in a written statement, adding that the group’s purpose is to “inform citizens as to the need and purpose of the building, its costs and its benefits.”
County Commissioners had initially attempted to issue debt to build the 127,000-square foot facility without voter approval in October. Their plans were halted by a citizen-led petition drive in November that gathered enough signatures from voters to force a bond election to decide whether to build the facility.
Election laws prevent county officials from actively campaigning for the justice center’s construction.
An opposition committee was formed in mid-March by former New Braunfels City Councilor Ken Valentine.