Johnson County Voters Voting on Fate of Proposed Justice Center

Johnson County voters are being asked to approve a smaller bond issue for a scaled-down justice center. The updated plans include a lower jail capacity and fewer courtrooms, as well as aesthetic changes and a larger contribution of county funds.

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By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, iowa - Johnson County residents are heading to the polls today to cast their vote on a $43.5 million bond issue to pay for a new justice center.

Plans for the justice center include a new 195-bed jail and courtrooms. The facility would be located just behind the existing county courthouse.

The justice center was supported by 56 percent of voters in an election in November, but it needed 60 percent to pass.

By law, the county had to wait wait six months to put the issue on the ballot again. Since November’s vote, the county has slightly reduced the scope of the project. It will ask voters for a $43.5 million bond issue to pay for a $46.2 million project. In the November election it was a $46.8 million bond and a $48.1 million project.

Polls are open until 8 p.m.

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