The city of Temple and Bell County have spent significant tax dollars in pursuit of this misdemeanor case, a case which appears more a clash of two tempers than any commission of a substantive crime. The many labors hours expended have diverted resources from perhaps more productive tasks. Potential civil litigation exposing taxpayers to additional expense remains unaddressed.
The costs associated with this prosecution will undoubtedly be of interest at the trial’s conclusion. A questionable use of public funds may be the greatest offense of this entire situation. Meanwhile, Bell County residents can see their tax dollars in action 9 a.m. Tuesday as the court is called to order.