Last town hall meeting to be held about future of Augusta County Courthouse

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- UPDATE (Oct. 2):

The final town hall meeting to discuss the referendum to build a new courthouse in Augusta County is set to take place at 7 p.m.at Fort Defiance High School on Monday, Oct. 3.

This will be the fifth meeting to take place. The county's board of supervisors will present information, and take take questions from voters about the proposal.

Just to recap, it would cost an estimated $ 45 million to move the courthouse from it's current location in Staunton to Verona.

Last month, WHSV's Bob Corso did a one-on-one interview to discuss why comparing the moving cost to the cost of building a new courthouse in Staunton may be misleading.

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UPDATE (Sept. 11):

Monday, Sept. 12, the Augusta County Board of Supervisors invites people to come voice their opinions on the upcoming referendum on moving the courthouse activity out of downtown Staunton. The board will also be presenting information on the referendum that would move the court activity to Verona.

If you are interested in attending, that's going on in the auditorium at buffalo gap high school. The meeting starts at 7p.m.

This is the second of five meetings planned.

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UPDATE (Sept. 7):

At 7 p.m. tonight (Wed., Sept. 7), you can tell Augusta County leaders what you think about efforts to move the county courthouse. The first of several town hall meetings will happen.

WHSV's Matthew Fultz is there live at Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville where the meeting will take place.

We can expect the county's board of supervisors to present details on the upcoming referendum to move the courthouse from Staunton to Verona.

If you can't make it to this meeting, there are still four more meetings over the next few weeks that you can attend:

• 7 p.m. on September 12 at Buffalo Gap High School Auditorium
• 7 p.m. on September 19 at Riverheads High School Auditorium
• 7 p.m. on September 21 at Stuarts Draft High School Auditorium
• 7 p.m. on October 3 at Fort Defiance High School Auditorium

For further information on these meetings, you can contact the county administration office at 540-245-5610.

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ORIGINAL STORY (Aug. 17) :

After years of discussion over the future of the Augusta County Courthouse, a referendum is going to be held to determine a final decision. Before that happens, Augusta County is holding town hall meetings on the subject throughout the county.

---THE BACKGROUND---

There are currently two primary options being discussed by county leaders: building a new courthouse in Verona for Augusta County, or renovating the current courthouse in Staunton.

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.

We've covered the debate over the courthouse throughout the past, and you can find that past coverage in the 'Related Stories' section of this article if you'd like more details.

---THE FUTURE---

On Tuesday, the Augusta County Board of Supervisors announced the dates and times of upcoming Courthouse Town Hall Meetings, in which the public will be invited to discuss the future of the courthouse.

At these meetings, the board will present information and be available for questions concerning the upcoming referendum to move the courthouse to Verona. The Town Hall meetings will give citizens an in-depth look at the issues and concerns around the existing Circuit, General District, and Juvenile Domestic Relations courts.

The board encourages citizens to attend and ask questions concerning this important decision for the future of the courts in Augusta County.

---THE MEETINGS---

Here is a schedule of when and where these meetings will be held:

• 7 p.m. on September 7 at Wilson Memorial High School Auditorium
• 7 p.m. on September 12 at Buffalo Gap High School Auditorium
• 7 p.m. on September 19 at Riverheads High School Auditorium
• 7 p.m. on September 21 at Stuarts Draft High School Auditorium
• 7 p.m. on October 3 at Fort Defiance High School Auditorium

For further information on these meetings, you can contact the County Administration office at 540-245-5610.