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Gallatin County Law and Justice Center bond issue will be on Nov. 2019 Ballot

County will ask voters to approve $59 million bond
Posted at 1:03 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 15:03:13-04

BOZEMAN, Montana — County Commissioners heard from the public Monday about the proposed new Law and Justice Center for Gallatin County.

After members of the community provided testimony about the project, County Commissioners voted unanimously in support of asking Gallatin County voters to decide the fate of the building on the November 2019 ballot.

The project has a not-to-exceed cost of $65 million dollars, and the county would ask voters for a $59 million bond issue.

This would cost approximately $34.10 annually for a home assessed at a value of $200,000.

"Right now we are in a building that was built in the 1960s. It wasn't built to code, it's got some structural issues, it's got some safety issues," said County Commissioner Don Seifert.

"And as Gallatin County has grown over these last fifty, sixty years, since we purchased that building, we're finding out that it's not able to grow and meet our demands anymore."

Gallatin County plans to have an education campaign to help educate the public on the need for a new Law and Justice Building.

Voters will decide the bond issue in November 2019.