The Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe is 64 years old and has many problems, so the county wants voters to approve a quarter-cent rise in the sales tax to build a new one. The courthouse project would cost about $182 million, and the replacement building would be expected to last almost until the 22nd century. A majority of the county commissioners are convinced that putting up a new building would be less expensive than keeping the current one. The tax would also pay for a new lab for autopsies. The current courthouse is at 100 N. Kansas Ave.; the new building would be directly across Santa Fe Street to the north. Shane Keyser skeyser@kcstar.com
The Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe is 64 years old and has many problems, so the county wants voters to approve a quarter-cent rise in the sales tax to build a new one. The courthouse project would cost about $182 million, and the replacement building would be expected to last almost until the 22nd century. A majority of the county commissioners are convinced that putting up a new building would be less expensive than keeping the current one. The tax would also pay for a new lab for autopsies. The current courthouse is at 100 N. Kansas Ave.; the new building would be directly across Santa Fe Street to the north. Shane Keyser skeyser@kcstar.com

Fate of Johnson County’s aging courthouse is up to voters

October 11, 2016 12:00 PM

UPDATED October 11, 2016 12:00 PM