“The Johnson County Republicans strongly support a no vote for the Courthouse Annex Bond Issue on November 4 and support a vastly scaled-down bond issue referendum in opposition to adding a new courthouse annex and entrance to the Johnson County Courthouse. Several lower-cost options should be considered.
The existent security and access issues may be addressed separately through modification of the existing historic courthouse facility with the addition of one or more modest structures for a fraction of the currently projected expense.
A more cost-effective solution to an increasing need to expand current staff office space may also be achieved through relocation, repurposing, and expansion of proximate, existing county-owned facilities or relocation and long-term leasing of privately or federally owned office spaces adjacent to the existing courthouse.
We call on all voters of Johnson County to support a modified, scaled-back bond issue to address current legitimate courthouse security, access, and space concerns and initiate an open discussion of alternative common-sense solutions to these issues. Only then can a consensus be achieved which will meet the approval of the required super majority of our voters.”