Supes authorize money for Justice Center closing

The closings clear the way for Benchmark Construction to start renovating the 22,000-square-foot former Jitney Jungle/Pass It On building into three courtrooms, offices, meeting space and other rooms for Circuit and Justice courts.
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The first payment for the new Clay County Justice Center has been authorized even though the deal hasn't closed yet.

In a brief meeting Thursday, the Board of Supervisors authorized $128,955 in closing costs to be paid May 1 when the formal closing is completed. The pre-closing is scheduled for today and Chancery Court Clerk Amy Berry needed authorization for the funding for closing costs when deeds are filed and financial documents finalized next week.

The closings clear the way for Benchmark Construction to start renovating the 22,000-square-foot former Jitney Jungle/Pass It On building into three courtrooms, offices, meeting space and other rooms for Circuit and Justice courts.

The project should take about a year.

In other business Thursday, supervisors:

-- Granted real and personal property tax exemptions for Plum Creek Environmental for new equipment and expansions at its plant on Industrial Access Road. Supervisors also approved a free port warehouse exemption for the company. The tax breaks are common for new and expanding industries;

-- Learned the county's beaver removal program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture eliminated 19 beavers and 13 beaver dams during March.

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