Athens Commissioners reject spending on art at jail

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Athens-Clarke Commissioners have again rejected a controversial proposal to spend $50,000 on public art at the local jail.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports the commission voted 5-4 Tuesday not to spend the money on an art installation when the jail is rebuilt starting later this year.

Last month, the commission voted down jail art 6-4, but Commissioner Jared Bailey misunderstood a confusing motion and voted against it when he intended to vote for it. Bailey asked for the new vote on Tuesday night.

An advisory panel had recommended adding the public art display when the jail is expanded next year.

Members of a cultural affairs commission found that incorporating art into the Clarke County Jail expansion would help send a message that the government has respect for its citizens.

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