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Public invited to Johnson County Courthouse tours

The public is invited to attend two remaining tours of Johnson County Courthouse on Oct. 18 and Nov. 1.

These tours are being provided leading up to the Nov. 8 General Election when voters will be asked to approve a public safety sales tax on the ballot. Tour times will be 5 and 6:30 p.m.

Representatives from Johnson County District Court will lead the tours and will be available to answer questions from the public.

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners has proposed a new county courthouse and coroner facility in Olathe. The two facilities would be funded with a 1/4-cent, 10-year public safety sales tax if approved by voters on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The 28-courtroom courthouse across from Santa Fe Street, north of the existing facility in downtown Olathe, is slated to cost approximately $182 million and will take four years to construct.

This proposed courthouse will allow for safety and security improvements—separating inmates and criminal defendants from victims, witnesses, jurors and others in courthouse corridors. A new facility would replace the aging, overcrowded courthouse with a building that is accessible and ADA-compliant.

A new facility would also save Johnson County taxpayers significant dollars. Renovating and adding to the existing courthouse with no county coroner facility will cost $216 million—$34 million more than the cost of building a new courthouse.

Over a 20-year period, cost estimates indicate that the continued use of the current courthouse will cost $155 million more than that of a new courthouse.

Participants are asked to register for a tour at 913-715-3300. If you require special accommodations to attend the tour, please call 913-715-0725 at least 48 hours in advance.