JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) -
Johnson County voters will be heading to polls once again to vote on the county's courthouse. However, this time the plan is a courthouse annex and not a Justice Center.
On Thursday the Johnson County Board of Supervisors approved placing a bond referendum on the November 4 ballot.
The question on the ballot will read: "Shall the County of Johnson, State of Iowa, issue its general obligation bonds in an amount not exceeding the amount of $30,800,000 for the purpose of erecting and equipping a County Courthouse Annex, to solve current safety, security and space needs of the court operations, in a structure to be located adjacent to, incorporating, and connected to, the existing historic courthouse?”
The proposal involves building a three-story building that would include up to six new courtrooms, offices for judges and court administration, attorney meeting rooms, the Clerk of Court's office, and other spaces.
The annex would serve as the entrance to the courthouse and would include metal detectors.
The courthouse annex is the county's newest way of addressing space and security concerns at the courthouse. Voters have twice turned down a proposal to build a Justice Center that would have combined courthouse needs with needs the county jail has. However, adding beds to the county jail was scrutinized by many residents. The Justice Center votes took place in November 2012 and May 2013.