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Johnson County still fighting to address court, jail issues

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Following multiple failed Justice Center votes, Johnson County is still fighting to address space and security needs at the county courthouse.

In November, voters will decide on a courthouse annex project which is now looking to cost around $32.7 million -- around $2 million more than originally expected.

KWWL called Terrence Neuzil, Chair of the Board of Supervisors, to see what changed.

Neuzil said that, following the Board's decision, they held public meetings to see what people wanted to see at the annex.

Several people wanted a more pedestrian friendly building and wanted the annex to be more environmentally friendly. Those changes to the design account for the higher cost.

The Board of Supervisors has until Aug. 27 to set the language for the ballot. Voters will decide on Nov. 4.

In November 2012 and May 2013, Johnson County voters turned down a proposed Justice Center, which would address needs at both the county courthouse and jail.

This vote does not address any issues at the jail, which is what many voters said they had problems with in previous proposals.

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