- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) - Voters in southeast Iowa’s Lee County will decide whether to end their unique status as the state’s only county with two functioning courthouses.

The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports (https://bit.ly/2aSHNyI ) the Lee County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday morning to place a bond referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot seeking funding for a new courthouse estimated to cost $8.5 million.

Officials haven’t determined where the courthouse would be located but Supervisor Don Hunold has suggested it be built adjacent to the sheriff’s office in Montrose.

Residents have long questioned whether the county should maintain courthouses in Fort Madison and Keokuk but the board’s actions follows a discussion about needed improvements to the buildings totaling about $1 million.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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