Public to vote again on justice center

[Source: “Public to vote again on justice center,” Press Citizen, 14 Feb 2013]

The public will be voting a second time on the proposed justice center.

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to put the $43.5 million justice center bond referendum before the public during a special election May 7.

The proposal is for an estimated $46.2 million expandable project that would include a 195-bed jail, four new courtrooms and a redesigned building facade adjacent to the existing courthouse.

The new proposal follows the narrow November 2012 defeat of the initial $46.8 million bond referendum that would have funded plans for a $48.1 million justice center.

The Johnson County Auditor’s Office estimates the special election to cost roughly $67,500, including part-time wages.

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