Clark County, MO – Residents have approved of Clark County's plan to borrow $4-million to build a new courthouse and to implement a cent sales tax to pay for it. The votes took place within the last two months.
Supporters worked with an architectural firm to develop conceptual drawings of what the new courthouse could look like if the votes were approved. Those drawings must now be fine-tuned.
Clark County Commissioner Jerry Neyens says a town-hall meeting on the courthouse design is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20.
"We are inviting the public to attend," says Neyens, "because our architects and engineers will also be there for any input the public could provide on this project."
Neyens says it will be several months before the design and engineering work for the new Clark County Courthouse is complete. He says construction could get underway next spring, if the bid process gets underway this winter.
The current courthouse must be demolished, though, before construction can begin because the new structure will be located in the center of the courthouse square in Kahoka. No timeline has been set for demolition.
Neyens says, when the time comes, all county operations will be moved to the nearby Hiller building. That structure is also slated for demolition.
The cent sales tax will be implemented July 1. Neyens says the county hopes to bring in about $250,000/year.
Clark County will pay back the $4-million (plus interest) over the next 20 years.