Posted at: 11/07/2012 1:13 PM
OSAGE, Iowa (AP) - Mitchell County voters have rejected a bond sale to build a new courthouse in Osage.
Voters on Tuesday turned down a proposal to allow the sale of $6.5 million in bonds to demolish the courthouse and build a new one.
Earlier on Tuesday, county supervisors voted to hire a company to study the cost of redoing the courthouse. The county hired FEH Associates, which had been hired to design a new courthouse.
The courthouse was built in 1858. Those who want to save it want to know if it can be saved and at what cost.
Supervisors are concerned about the building's structural integrity and will move county workers from the courthouse until its future is finalized.
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