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Most Brown County Residents Oppose Courthouse Renovations

About 800 Brown County residents signed a petition against the project, while only 200 signed a petition in favor of it.

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Plans to remodel the Brown County courthouse are being put on hold for one year.

Brown County residents are overwhelmingly against a multi-million dollar remodeling and expansion of the county’s courthouse, according to the result of two petitions that have been circulating—one against and one for the project.

The $4 million project would renovate the courthouse to make it safer and compliant with accessibility guidelines. It would also include building additional office space.

But opposition to the project has been mounting and earlier this year a petition process began to determine its fate.

If more residents sign the petition against it, the county commission the courthouse project would be put on hold and that’s just what has happened.

The county clerk’s office has verified that fewer than 200 signatures were received in support of the project, while 800 signatures were received in opposition.

President of the League of Women Voters Susanne Gaudin was one of those signatures and says the county needs to find a better and cheaper alternative to its current plan.

We need to think very carefully how we use our dollars because they are limited, and I think that if we have an independent individual or individuals come forward and look at county property and all locations and all options that we will find what is best for this county,” Gaudin says.

The county must now wait another year before it can take revisit the issue.

Brown County Commissioner Joe Wray that hiatus could financially detrimental.

“My biggest fear is that we’re now going to pay more in interest rates and costs of material if we get to do or try to do something again in the future,” he says.

The final ballot count will be released after Brown County offices have finalized and certified the signatures.

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