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Johnson County voters again say no to courthouse bond

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The Johnson County Courthouse, currently. The Johnson County Courthouse, currently.
The Johnson County Courthouse currently. The Johnson County Courthouse currently.
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JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) - Once again, voters have rejected any Johnson County money being spent to upgrade their courthouse -- even if there's no jail attached.

The bond measure had to reach a supermajority of 60 percent of votes to pass. It only reached 57 percent in favor of the bond.

The vote total as of Tuesday night with all precincts reporting was 26,956 to 20,394.

This is the third time the county has sent a proposal to voters. Twice before, the proposal included expanding the Johnson County Jail, and was voted down. The jail wasn't in the proposal this time around.

Instead, voters just had to decide whether to approve a $33.4 million bond referendum to add an annex to the 113-year-old Johnson County Courthouse, in order to address security and space issues.

The referendum would have added six new courtrooms, expanded space for files and better security, including metal detectors.
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