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Johnson County Considering Big Purchase

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Johnson County is considering buying some land from the federal government that some county supervisors say would make a new jail or courthouse expansion more palatable to voters.

The county is proposing a possible deal with the General Services Administration for the parking lot next to the current courthouse on Clinton Street.

"You know if we really want to keep the courthouse and we really want to keep the jail where they are, we're going to have to find some additional pieces of property and this one is wide open, ready for the taking," said county supervisor Terrence Neuzil.

The county would have to build a 200-spot parking structure and pay about $600,000 to cover the cost of the $5.3 million lot.

But county supervisor Janelle Rettig said the cost is concerning.

"It's just not necessary for even a full justice center, and that didn't pass twice, so a courthouse annex we have plenty of room for," Rettig said.

The board will meet this Thursday at 1:15 p.m. in the Health and Human Services building to discuss the jail and courthouse expansion further.
 
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