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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Contact:
Meghan Porter, Public Information Supervisor, 360-867-2097, or email meghan.porter@co.thurston.wa.us 

Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing on Courthouse and Regional Administrative Building Resolution
The hearing will take place on Tuesday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m.

OLYMPIA – On Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners voted to hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to add a ballot proposition to increase the levy of the regular property tax that must be approved by a majority of the voters at an upcoming election to fund a new Courthouse and Regional Administrative Building. The hearing is set for Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 p.m.

What: Public Hearing on the Courthouse and Regional Administrative Building Resolution
When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, Building 1, Room 280

“We are really looking forward to hearing the citizens feedback on this proposed ordinance and the project,” said Board Chair John Hutchings. “We know there is a need for a new facility, but we want to know if the citizens agree and if this is a priority for them.” 


Background:
The current courthouse buildings are at the end of their useful life and cost significant taxpayer dollars to maintain and operate. The current layout presents challenges when delivering services for citizens who come to the different buildings in the courthouse complex. A new or updated facility will improve and consolidate services, promote long-term cost savings, and enhance access for citizens looking to do business with the various county offices and departments.

The public may submit written comments in lieu of testimony at the hearing. Written comments can be emailed to Ramiro Chavez, County Manager, at Ramiro.chavez@co.thurston.wa.us, or hand-delivered, or mailed to: 

Thurston County Board of County Commissioners
ATTN: Ramiro Chavez
Thurston County Courthouse, Building One
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

The deadline for written comments is 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. County Commissioners may choose to approve the resolution at the end of the April 23, public hearing, or they may request that staff make changes to the proposal following the public hearing and adopt at a subsequent County Commissioners meeting.


Disability Accommodations
To request disability accommodations, contact Whitney Pearsall at 360-786-5440 or email at pearsaw@co.thurston.wa.us at least five days prior to the meeting. Persons with speech or hearing disabilities may call via Washington Relay: 711 or 800-833-6388.

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3