Johnson County Considers New Annex Building
VIENNA -- Johnson County officeholders may soon be working in a new annex building. The county board recently approved a feasibility study for the project.
The current Johnson County Annex, on the courthouse square in Vienna, dates back to the 1920's.
"This has been a project that has been discussed throughout the years," said Johnson County Clerk Robin Harper-Whitehead. "We are going to make it more customer friendly. We would have a bigger vault, more room for our searchers."
The current annex provides office space for the county clerk, treasurer and sheriff.
Commissioner Ernie Henshaw says those officeholders need an better workplace. "It's very old. We are approaching 100 years old. It's $1,000 here, and then it's $2,500 for an air conditioner repair."
The board recently approved a feasibility study which will focus on building plans and cost estimates at locations on the east side of Vienna. It's a plan that could cost millions of dollars.
"We have started setting money aside money in the budget for the building," explained Henshaw.
The county has set aside nearly $100,000 so far but will need grant money to avoid raising taxes.
"Right now, the wiring between my office and hooking up with the treasurer and tax assessor's office was a major ordeal because we were going through concrete and brick walls," said Harper-Whitehead.
"We've waited for years to tackle this, and we want to make sure that we take our time and talk to everybody and work through all the issues that we may have going forward before we ever tackle this project," said Henshaw.
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