Smith County, Texas

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Smith County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 174,706 , while in 2007 it was estimated to have reached 198,705. Its county seat is Tyler[1]. Smith county is named for James Smith, a general during the Texas Revolution. Smith County is no longer an entirely dry county. A referendum passed on the second attempt on November 3, 2009, for the City of Winona; the proposition legalized the sale of beer, wine, and liquor within the city limits.

Smith County is part of the Tyler Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Tyler–Jacksonville Combined Statistical Area. The county is represented in the Texas House of Representatives by the Republican Leo Berman of Tyler. Its U.S. representative is the Republican Louie Gohmert.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 949 square miles (2,459 km²), of which 928 square miles (2,404 km²) is land and 21 square miles (55 km²) (2.22%) is water. The county infrastructure includes some 1,180 miles (1,900 km) of two lane county road. 70% of these county roads were rated "bad" or "poor" in 2004. The county Commissioners Court appointed a new county engineer in 2005 and initiated an aggressive reconstruction campaign. After the election of 2006, this reconstruction campaign was cut back by the Commissioners Court. During this period a controversial pay increase for commissioners and the county judge was passed by a 3-2 vote. After heated protests from the public the pay rates were eventually rolled back and new legislation was proposed in the state legislature to prohibit commissioners and county judges from authorizing raises for themselves during their first term of office.

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