"Nothing is over until it's over, so I'll continue to use every means possible to try to keep the facility open."
Keffer said the House and Senate disagree on the issue, adding upcoming negotiations will determine the facility's future.
"While the Texas Senate voted to cut funding for the facility, the Texas House of Representatives did not include this cut in our version of the appropriations bill," he said. "Due to conflicts between the Senate and House budget bills, both chambers will enter into a conference committee to negotiate budget items such as the prison."
City Manager Howerton assured locals city leaders will do everything in their power to make the case for keeping the facility open.
He said that includes "dealing directly with legislators" by showing them the prison is "good for the citizens and taxpayers of Texas."
Working with state lawmakers and CCA representatives, Howerton said he will explore all options available prior to a final decision on