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Polk County Officials Put Courthouse Bond on Ballot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Polk County supervisors have decided to place the courthouse bond measure on the Nov. 5 ballot.
   The board took the action on Tuesday. The measure of up to $81 million would be used to renovate the courthouse and remodel the criminal court annex and Polk County Justice Center Annex.
   The total project cost is estimated at $89 million, with the amount beyond the bonded amount coming from county funds.
   Supervisors Tom Hockensmith and Angela Connolly say the county has studied the issue since 2006 and listened to the public's concerns after the failed referendum in 2008.  The two say they believe the current plan "is the most reasonable and cost-effective approach to alleviate the public safety, security, space and renovation needs of our courts."

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