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Johnson County Seeks $30.8 Million Courthouse Annex

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Johnson County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Thursday morning to ask voters to fund a $30.8 million dollar courthouse addition. The proposed courthouse annex will appear as a bond referendum on the ballot in November.

The plan would include a three-story building with six new courtrooms, which would connect to the current courthouse.

This will be the third time in recent years the county has tried to improve safety, security and size at the current courthouse. Voters have twice struck down a proposal to build a justice center, which would have combined the courthouse and jail, in the last couple years.

Supervisor Rod Sullivan said a rise in construction costs has driven up the price of the courthouse annex. Sullivan said the county doesn’t have time to wait because safety and security at the courthouse remains a big concern.

The plan does not include any funding for the jail, which officials say is too small for the county. Officials are currently planning some safety improvements at the jail, which have already been factored into the county budget.

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