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In response to Governor Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order and Safe Start Plan, Thurston County continues to operate under an essential services model. This is in effect
until Thurston County enters Phase 3 of the Safe Start Plan. Courts and other elected offices may operate under different hours or restrictions.

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Courthouse and Regional Administrative Buildings Project

UPDATE - On March 18, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 local health emergency, the BoCC voted unanimously to rescind the ballot measure to increase the county's 2021 regular property tax levy to fund a new courthouse and administrative buildings. The vote was expected to occur during the April 28, 2020 election. The BoCC will reassess the ballot measure and when to hold the election after this health emergency subsides. 

To finance construction of buildings to consolidate County offices, including payments on bonds, and other County purposes, this proposal would increase the County’s 2021 regular property tax levy to a total authorized rate of $1.56 per $1,000 valuation (an estimated increase of $.47 per $1,000 over the 2020 levy) exempting qualified seniors/disabled/veterans from the levy, and use the 2021 levy as the base for subsequent levy limitations for a total of 25 years.

The cost to build the new facilities is approximately $250 million. Thurston County citizens will vote April 28, 2020, whether to approve the tax increase to fund this project. If approved, the property tax on a $300,000 house would be about $12 more per month. 

Frequently Asked Questions (Updated 3/2/2020) - Includes a calculator to calculate what you may pay in property taxes annually 


Background
Over the past 18 months, leadership from Thurston County and the City of Olympia have been working collaboratively on a project to build a new Courthouse and Regional Administrative Buildings.
 
The Courthouse Complex buildings in their current state are at the end of their useful life, costing significant taxpayer dollars to maintain and operate. The current layout and design also makes it difficult for citizens to locate important County resources and services in a timely manner. The success of this project will improve and consolidate services, as well as promote long-term cost savings, improved access, and increased consistencies across County offices and departments.
 
As financial stewards of citizen tax dollars, Thurston County's elected leaders are committed to meeting the needs of our growing community while promoting economic vitality. With an investment in a new or reconstructed courthouse and civic center, the County can modernize its facilities, consolidate services in a customer first manner, invoke civic pride in our community, and provide opportunities for economic revitalization to the area.
 
Through a feasibility study, leadership explored reconstructing and expanding the existing campus and buildings, and building a new Courthouse and Regional Administrative Buildings elsewhere within the City Limits of Olympia. The Board of County Commissioners narrowed down three of 12 potential sites to be evaluated. These sites included the current Hilltop site, a undeveloped piece of property on Harrison Street, and the City of Olympia's Leigh Crieghton Justice Center location on Plum Street. 

The goal of the feasibility study was to research and analyze information about each of the three sites with a focus as to which site would be the most preferred by the Thurston County community. Thomas Architecture Studios, Inc. (TAS), the selected consulting company, evaluated issues such as customer service, economic development, life cycle costs, environmental sustainability, safety, parking, and transit services.
 

Contact Us

Rick Thomas

Project Manager

360-867-2316


Meghan Porter

Public Information and Outreach

360-867-2097