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Courthouse issue won’t be on November ballot

Boone County Commissioners will explore options other than a bond issue election for expansion of the county courthouse.

After a lengthy discussion with county officials and contractor Buster Beckenhauer at their Monday meeting, no motion was made to place the issue before voters in the November general election.

After calling for a motion and receiving no response, Commission Chairman Hank Thieman said the board would meet with Beckenhauer and the architecture firm, Canon Moss Brygger, to discuss how to proceed on this project.

Thieman pointed out that state statute allows the board to levy up to 5.2 cents per $100 of taxable value for renovation or construction of the courthouse, without an election, and to issue bonds for this purpose.

Based on last year’s county valuation, such a levy could raise an estimated $3.2 million for construction. However, the board has not yet voted on the matter.

Details of the courthouse plan are available in the Albion News Print Edition.