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Augusta County leaders discuss future of courthouse

Published: May. 11, 2016 at 10:36 PM EDT
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The future of what to do with the Augusta County Courthouse was discussed at Wednesday's night Board of Supervisors meeting.

Leaders on Augusta County's Board of Supervisors decided to vote in favor of a petition for referendum. Their vote allows for a choice to be placed on a ballot, giving citizens a chance to vote on a final decision.

The decision passed with a 6-to-1 vote. The only board member who voted against the idea Wednesday night was Marshall Pattie. "This means that we'll more than double our debt in Augusta County in over the last two years," Pattie said. "We can use this money for better things, such as roads, education, fire and rescue."

Supervisor Gerald Garber was one board member who voted for the idea. "That building alone is what people see and they get tears in their eyes, but the rest of the system is vastly deteriorated: been re-fitted, re-patched... it's just not doable," said Garber.

The current courthouse in Staunton was built back in 1901. To build a new courthouse in Verona, it would cost $44,240,000. If left in the city, renovations would cost almost $59 million.

The board also approved a Weyers Cave Recreation Association grant for $23,000. This allows new improvements to be made at Weyers Cave Ruritan Park. Improvements will be for the existing playground, picnic shelters and pavilion.