ABINGDON, Va., Sept. 24, 2019 – Washington County residents seeking to learn more about the challenges facing the county courthouse will have the opportunity to visit the facility and ask questions during two upcoming public tour periods.
Tours will be ongoing throughout the day on Tuesday, Oct. 1, and Tuesday, Oct. 15, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tours will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, last approximately 30 minutes, and be led by Washington County Sheriff’s Office personnel. There is no charge to participate.
“We’re making these tours available so that residents can come in and see the structure and the issues we are dealing with in terms of space, access and security,” said Jason Berry, county administrator. “It also provides the opportunity for residents to talk with someone who works in the facility on a daily basis. We want to make as much information available as possible so that voters can make an informed decision during the November referendum.”
The general election ballot for Washington County will give voters an opportunity to vote “Yes” or “No” on the following: “Shall the Courthouse be removed to 300 Towne Centre Drive, and shall the Board of Supervisors be permitted to spend $30,000,000 for purchase and renovation expenses therefor?”
A majority “Yes” vote will trigger a move to the new site, which is the location of the former Kmart building in Towne Centre. A majority “No” vote will keep the courthouse at the current location.
“We want the public’s input on this matter,” Berry said. “Whether you want the functions of the courthouse to stay where they are or move to a new location, we encourage residents to participate, ask questions, and vote on November 5.”
For more information on the Washington County Courthouse and the upcoming referendum, including contact information and a question submission form, visit www.washcovacourthouse.com.