Voters To Consider Funding For New Blytheville Courthouse

Jun 6, 2016

Leaders in Mississippi County are urging voters to approve funding to build a new courthouse in Blytheville.

The Courier News reports the current facility has fallen into disrepair. Mushrooms are growing in a wall at the county collector's office, while buckets line the entrance to the courtroom to collect water.

County officials have also reported falling bricks and mold.

A special election is set for Aug. 9, with two separate measures on the ballot. The first would extend a tax that benefits the Mississippi County Hospital System and split the proceeds to build a new courthouse. The second measure authorizes the issuance of $22.5 million in bonds to pay for a new courthouse.

Opponents argue that the county should repair the current facility rather than build a new courthouse.