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Annex decision on the way

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Decisions concerning how much money should be invested into a Bartholomew County Annex building and how to fund it are expected tonight.

A three-member subcommittee will make its recommendations to the Bartholomew County Council during a 6 p.m. meeting.

During its April 8 meeting, council president Ryan Lauer said the council tonight will provide a definitive amount that members are willing to support, as well as funding mechanisms.

While commissioners chairman Carl Lienhoop told the council $4.5 million will be sufficient for the county’s needs, another commissioner — Larry Kleinhenz — said he expects a limit closer to $3 million to be established by the council tonight.

Although recent discussions have focused on a new building, there’s still sentiment among some council members to spend less money by either rehabilitating the structurally failing 86-year-old current annex or acquiring another existing building, according to council member Jorge Morales.

County officials have stated tentative plans to break ground on a new building a year from now.

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