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County receives funding for new courthouse

The state’s recently-passed judicial budget bill, House Bill (HB) 356, includes more than $28.4 million in funding for fiscal year 2022-24 for a new courthouse in Jessamine County.

Sen. Tom Buford (R-Nicholasville) worked with colleagues in the Kentucky General Assembly to allocate appropriate funding for the new courthouse project during the 2020 Regular Session.

“Despite the economic uncertainties we find ourselves in, I am proud of the responsible bicameral effort that was made this session to ensure that counties receive funding for public projects such as this,” Buford said. “It is important that Jessamine County citizens have access to a courthouse that is updated and functional.”

This authorizing language allows the Jessamine County Fiscal Court to begin planning for a new judicial center to house district and circuit court operations

The Administrative Office of the Courts will work with a project development board comprised of residents to manage the design and construction of the new building. The facility will offer the latest data, computer, video and networking technology. The new courthouse will also provide the highest level of Kentucky court security.

As stated in the budget, the Project Development Board is the designee that will ensure the hiring of a certified architect to successfully fulfill the project.

“I am happy that the legislature has a strong relationship with the judicial branch. It is in the best interest of the commonwealth that our two branches work together to pass a state budget that benefits all Kentuckians,” Buford said.

The project was included in the budget approved by both chambers in early March.

To learn more about the budget and the 2020 Kentucky General Assembly, visit www.legislature.ky.gov.