Brown County residents reject courthouse upgrade

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Officials in a southern Indiana county that's a popular fall tourist destination are pondering the future of their outdated courthouse after residents overwhelming rejected a property tax increase that would have paid for an upgrade of the nearly 130-year-old building.

The final tally on petitions submitted for the $6.5 million renovation of the Brown County Courthouse was 182 for and 1,457 against.

County Clerk Beth Mulry supported the project partly because her office in the Nashville courthouse is crowded. She says she understands "as a taxpayer, the financial burden of any property tax increase."

County commissioner John Kennard tells The Herald-Times officials need to find a way to make limited improvements at the 1884 courthouse, which needs to be brought into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Information from: The Herald Times 

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