Benton County has worked for over 20 years to figure out a plan for a new courts facility.
We sat down with County Judge Barry Moehring this afternoon who says the proposed plan will add six new court rooms, and additional room to add two more in the future.
In order to fund the 30 million dollar plan he proposed an increase in sales tax. Some members of the quorum court disagree but Judge Moehring said this is just a small price to pay for a much needed change.
“We have three different facilities downtown, three different security entrances, not convenient for the public, not particularly secure in a lot of ways so this building solves that need and what we need to do is go to tax payers and make that case,” said County Judge Barry Moehring.
The final quorum court vote on whether the plan will appear on the ballot in a special election next year will take place next week.
If approved tax payers would have to pay an increase of one-eighth cent in sales taxes for almost five years.