We published a story today about the groundbreaking for a new courthouse at Alexandria in Hanson County. It’s a feel-good piece about the county’s recovery from the condemnation of the previous courthouse.
Still, I can’t help but wonder if it’s a waste of money. The courthouse in Mitchell is a mere 15 miles away from the future one in Alexandria, so it seems like a chance to consolidate and streamline some government offices will be lost when the new courthouse goes up. Also, in this day and age, more and more of the services that we used to need courthouses for are going online. That alone would cause me to think long and hard about allowing my elected officials to put millions of my tax dollars into a new courthouse.
That’s not to say that the new Hanson County courthouse isn’t good news. It appears to have the support of the taxpayers over there, and I guess that’s all that really matters in the end. I just wonder if other county courthouses will be replaced as they age, or if they’ll simply vanish.