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Mitchell County to vote again on new courthouse

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) - Voters in Mitchell County will go to the polls on Tuesday to decide for a second time whether to spend millions to finance a new courthouse.

If approved, about $7.2 million would be used to demolish the 1858 county courthouse and construct, furnish and equip a new courthouse at the same location. Passage of the bonds requires a 60 percent approval.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports in 2012 voters were asked to approve selling $6.5 million in general obligation bonds. That proposition was rejected with 61 percent of voters saying "no."

County supervisors say if the referendum fails again they will pursue the option of selling revenue bonds, which do not require a vote.

They are meeting with architects on a design providing double the current space.

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