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Law & Justice Center tours set for local residents

 

September 18, 2019

Pictured is an artist rendering of the proposed Gallatin County Law & Justice Center.

In an effort to educate voters about November's bond issue, Gallatin County is offering public tours of the Law and Justice Center.

Evening tours will be offered September 19, October 1, October 10, and October 28 starting at 6 p.m. at Community Room of the Gallatin County Detention Center, located at 605 S. 16th Ave., directly behind the Law and Justice Center.

Officials will give a short presentation about the bond issue then those in attendance will walk you over to the Law and Justice Center next door to see the building. Day time tours will be available October 2 and 7 starting at 10 a.m.

The Gallatin County Commissioners voted 3-0 on August 11 to place a $59 million bond to replace the current Law and Justice Center on the November ballot. The new county facility would house the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, Victim Services, Justice Court, District Court, Youth Court, County Attorney's Office, records and the Clerk of District Court's Office.

Gallatin County Commissioner Scott MacFarlane told the Voice the new Law and Justice Center is only for county business. He also wanted to clear up any confusion with the new Public Safety Center that was approved by City of Bozeman voters last November and said the proposed center will only house offices that serve all residents of Gallatin County.

Gallatin County Commissioner Scott MacFarlane

The annual estimated tax for the bond for a home valued at $200,000 would be $34.10. County officials have stated this number would decrease over the years as Gallatin County grows and there are more taxpayers to share the responsibility to pay for the center.

The new Law and Justice Center would include four District Court courtrooms, and unfinished space that can later be turned into a fifth District Court courtroom. There are currently only three District Court courtrooms and no space for an additional judge.

MacFarlane said a similar bond has failed twice in the past and they will be getting out in the public to share more information about the issue and clearing up any confusion with the bond issue passed by voters in Bozeman.

 

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