Brown County takes 2nd run at courthouse upgrades

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NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Brown County officials are taking another run at residents in hopes they’ll support a tax increase for an expansion of the outdated 130-year-old courthouse.

Residents in September overwhelmingly rejected a proposed $6.5 million bond project to upgrade the building in the popular tourist destination.

County officials tell The Herald-Times that at a minimum they need to bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. That means making the restrooms wheelchair accessible and building ramps in the circuit courtroom.

Making the historic brick building accessible to those who use wheelchairs will cost about $70,000. A full expansion would still cost about $6.5 million.

The League of Women Voters has organized meetings with residents so officials can plead their case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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