At last count the Brown County Clerk’s office has verified 93 of the 216 signatures it is has received from registered voters protesting a construction bond which would fund a county courthouse expansion.
Those against the bond say they don’t want their property taxes increased for a project that should cost much less than the $6.5 million it is slated to.
Clerk Beth Mulry says if 100 signatures are verified, that begins phase two of the petition drive.
“The anticipation is that we will probably move into phase two and then again people will carry a petition in support or opposition and whoever gets the highest ballot signature count wins,” she says.
But County Commissioner Joe Wray says the commissioners may stop the process even before a remonstrance begins. The commissioners will hold a public meeting to discuss whether to go forward with the project after 100 signatures are verified.