New options for the Benton County courthouse were presented to the justices of the peace on June 11.
Benton County Judge Barry Moehring’s plan to restart the discussion on various options for solving the court’s facility problem.
Judge Moehring said the court is still overcrowded, has security concerns, and aging facilities.
He shared several options with the Quorum Court Finance Committee on how space could be added for the courtrooms.
One option would be getting a long term bond to pay for court facilities which would require voter approval.
The county would be responsible for more than $1.8 million yearly on a 20-year bond, or $1.4 million on a 25-year bond.
He also introduced a new idea at last night’s Quorum Court Meeting.
“A scale down idea in downtown Bentonville which would utilize our existing facilities, build four new courtrooms, and do so in a way that we wouldn’t have to raise taxes or go for a long term bond,” Benton County Judge Barry Moehring said.
Moehring said that idea got a lot of interest, and he is on the front end of that.
It is unknown how much it would cost and who would foot the bill.
He adds it needs to be fleshed out, but the proof of concept is there.
Circuit court is currently held in various buildings, including the Annex building across the street from the courthouse.
As of now, there are six circuit judges with a seventh judge to be added in January 2021.