Gutwein’s bill to help save historic Pulaski County Courthouse advances

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, January 31, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2020) — The House of Representatives advanced Thursday State Rep. Doug Gutwein’s (R-Francesville) legislation that would provide an option to fund much-needed renovations at the historic Pulaski County Courthouse.

According to Gutwein, the 125-year-old courthouse was placed on Indiana Landmarks’ “10 Most Endangered” list after talks of demolishing the building in 2018. He said renovation plans to improve building security and structural stability could cost up to $8.6 million.

“Our county is fortunate to have such an incredible landmark to house all the functions of our local government,” Gutwein said. “This building is a beautiful asset to our community, and it would be a shame to lose it.”

Since 1998, Pulaski County has imposed a 0.3% special purposes local income tax used to fund the construction of the county jail and justice center. Now that construction on the justice center has been paid for, the tax is set to expire Jan. 1, 2021. Under Gutwein’s proposal, the Pulaski County council could choose to extend the expiration date of the preexisting tax to fund renovations at the historic county courthouse, as well as add on to the justice center.

“Pulaski County residents have already been paying the special income tax for over 20 years to fund the building of the jail and justice center,” Gutwein said. “Giving the county council the authority to extend the tax provides another option to fund the desperately needed renovations without imposing any drastic changes on county residents.”

House Bill 1052 passed out of the House of Representatives and is now eligible for action in the Senate. Visit iga.in.gov for more information.

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State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which
includes all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.

 

CAPTION: State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) in the House Chamber presents his legislation to would provide an option to fund much-needed renovations at the historic Pulaski County Courthouse Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Under the proposal, the Pulaski County council could choose to extend the expiration date of the preexisting tax to fund renovations to save the historic county courthouse.