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Commissioners Support New Clark County Courthouse

Jan 28, 2010

Clark County, MO – The Clark County Courthouse has stood for about 140 years. The future of the structure, though, is in jeopardy.

Residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, Feb. 2 to decide whether the county should implement a cent sales tax. The money generated would be used to build a new courthouse.

Commissioner Jerry Neyens says the current facility has served the county well, but he says the time has come for it to be replaced.

Neyens says the building does not have enough space for all county services. He says it also generates high heating and air conditioning bills and lacks adequate courthouse security.

Neyens says the county could build a new, larger building for less money than renovating the current facility. He says a new courthouse would cost about $4-million.

Neyens says Clark County has qualified for a low-interest loan for the project. He says the proposed sales tax would generate enough money to pay the money back, eliminating the need for a property tax hike.

You can hear more with Jerry Neyens by clicking the audio link above.