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Friday, July 26, 2013

Ind. Courts - Still more on "Some Brown County Residents Protest Courthouse Remodel Bonds"

Updating this ILB entry from May 10, along with this one, Indiana Public Media reports today:

The Brown County League of Women Voters hosted a public forum Thursday night to give residents a chance to ask questions of city leaders familiar with the project. League President Julie Winn says phase one of the remonstrance was completed when more than 200 taxpayer signatures were gathered to put a temporary hold on the project. The next phase begins Aug. 9.

“There will be two documents,” says Winn. “People can sign a petition, which now means they’re in favor of the project going ahead now, as is, or a remonstrance, which means they’re opposed to it.”

Nashville resident Rita Simon says she is concerned that there was no bidding process for the architect of the renovation.

“I think there was not adequate opportunity for the public to ask questions and get answers about the various issues in adding on to the courthouse,” says Simon.

But County Commisioner Joe Wray thinks those concerns are unfounded. He says residents have had ample time to learn about the renovation and he balks at the idea of putting capital spending projects to a public referendum.

“Yes, we want as much public input as we can get, but eventually somebody’s got to make a decision,” says Wray.

All registered voters and property owners will have a chance to weigh in next month. If residents opt for remonstrance, the county commission would not be able to proceed and the courthouse project would be put on hold for at least a year.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 26, 2013 09:15 AM
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