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Results of vote on criminal justice center to be posted on the newspaper website

The deadline to turn in ballots for Crook County's 2021 special election is Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. Multiple drop boxes are available throughout the county, including one at the Crook County Courthouse.

Voters county-wide will be asked to determine whether the county should support a justice center with up to $35 million in general obligation bonds. A yes vote would pave the way for construction of a new criminal justice center to house the circuit court system and the district attorney's office, which are currently located in the Crook County Courthouse.

The center would be built from scratch on a city block between West First and Northwest Second streets and Northwest Beaver and Claypool streets. The block is currently occupied by a building that has housed a bowling alley and more recently a Humane Society thrift shop.

The building, like the courthouse, would stand three stories tall, but its proposed 68,850 square feet would nearly triple the approximately 23,000 square feet of space available at the courthouse. Each floor would feature a courtroom of at least 10,000 square feet in size. The first floor would house the Crook County Sheriff's Office and the County Juvenile Department. The District Attorney's Office and Victim's Advocate office would occupy the second floor, and public defense would be housed on the third floor.

If the bond measure referral is approved and the project moves forward, it is not expected to result in a tax increase for citizens.

Results of the election will be published by the Central Oregonian online shortly after they are revealed, and a follow-up story on the election results will be published in the next print edition.


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