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Remonstrance signatures certified; next move is commissioners'
Updated on: 05.23.13

A total of 210 signatures of Brown County registered voters have been certified as valid in the remonstrance against the loan for the courthouse project.

The Brown County clerk's office received 217 signatures, Clerk Beth Mulry reported Wednesday afternoon, but seven of them did not match voter or property owner records.

Only 100 valid signatures were needed to temporarily block the county commissioners from entering into a loan agreement and to force another round of petitioning.

If more people are against the loan than for it after the second round, the commissioners can't seek the loan, which the bond resolution states as "not to exceed" $8.25 million. The project, to build onto the historic courthouse, renovate the inside of the current building, furnish the new space and demolish the current prosecutor's office, is estimated to cost $6.5 million.

If more people support the loan than are opposed to it, the commissioners can proceed with securing financing. A property tax increase estimated at no more than 6 cents per $100 of assessed valuation would pay it back.

The second round of petitioning, during which people for and against the loan will both gather signatures, cannot begin until the county commissioners publish a legal ad in the Brown County Democrat.

As of Wednesday afternoon, that ad had not been received. According to the Brown County League of Women Voters, the commissioners have 30 days in which to publish it, if they choose to move forward with the proposed project.

Thirty days after it is published, petitioners on both sides have 30 days to gather their signatures, according to state law -- meaning it could take until August for the process to end and a winning side to be declared.

Obituaries
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Charlotte K. (Adkins) Wilson, 67, Franklin
  Former resident of Brown County

Gerald R. Allee, 83, Indianapolis
  Brother of Peggy Frost of Nashville

Janet R. Hillman, 76, Martinsville
  Member of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Nashville.

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