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Supervisors will use quarter-cent of sales tax to fund 66,000-square-feet addition

 

KINGMAN – The funding source and timetable are now officially identified for constructing a new Mohave County Courthouse addition in downtown Kingman. A quarter-cent sales tax set to expire at the end of 2019 will be used to fund the project following approval by county supervisors at Monday’s meeting.

 

Public Works Director Steve Latoski said the same tax that was used to fund construction of the new administration and jail facilities will also be used to build a four-story courthouse addition totaling more than 66,000 square feet.

This is similar to what a majority of the Kingman City Council want to do to fund the simultaneous construction of Interstate 40 interchanges at Kingman Crossing Boulevard and Rancho Santa Fe Parkway.

Latoski said the estimated cost is $19.9-million while the tax is expected to generate some $20.1 million in unencumbered revenue.

County officials have yet to identify the source of funding for the cost of remodeling the historic courthouse on Spring Street. Latoski told supervisors project plans will be submitted next spring with initial construction of the new facility projected for January, 2019.

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Also during the meeting, supervisors scheduled a Nov. 20 public hearing to consider a proposed water rate increase or tax levy revenue options for the customers of the Golden Valley Improvement District #1 water system.

Supervisors also voted to accept a $120,000 grant from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The money will fund removal of asbestos from the downtown Kingman Arnold Plaza property that will be renovated for use as a service center for veterans.

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