Monroe Co. justice center moves forward

County Board approves funding

Published On: Nov 28 2012 11:08:44 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 29 2012 03:40:13 PM CST
SPARTA, Wis. -

It's an issue that has been tossed back-and-forth for years, but some decisions have finally been made about the future of a new Monroe County justice center.

Monroe County supervisors voted last night to move forward with a project that will give the county a new and up to date justice center.

Board members approved using $5 million from the general reserve fund, but butted heads on borrowing money through building bonds.

Initially, the supervisors failed a referendum to allow the county to borrow up to $23 million by a single vote.  It was eventually reconsidered and an amended $20 million dollar limit was approved.

Board members also approved keeping the site downtown Sparta, something voters have overwhelmingly supported in two different elections.

At last night's meeting supervisors were made aware of the poor condition of the present building. They were given a report that said at least 65 areas in the current courthouse fail to meet state standards.