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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Voters reject proposed law and justice center


November 13, 2019

Courtesy Photo

Pictured is an artist rendering of the new law and justice center that was defeated by county voters.

Gallatin County voters rejected last week a proposed $59 million bond to replace the current Law and Justice Center.

In unofficial final results from the Gallatin County Elections Office, the bond was defeated by a vote of 14,865 (55.02 percent) to 12,150 (44.98 percent). The vote in Three Forks showed 320 against and 207 for the proposed center.

The new county facility would have been home to 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.

Commissioner Scott MacFarlane

Gallatin County Commissioner Scott MacFarlane said earlier this year the new Law and Justice Center would have only be used for county business.

The new Law and Justice Center would have included 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.

A similar bond had already failed twice with county voters.

Voters also decided against a proposal that would have made county election nonpartisan by a vote of 14,623 to 12,268.

In unofficial results, 55 percent of registered voters (544 out of 979) in Three Forks participated in last week's election.

If you missed the municipal results in last week's edition, please visit


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