BENTON – Friday will be a big day for Franklin County as a dedication and commissioning ceremony for the new Franklin County Courthouse on the Benton Square will take place at 11 a.m.
County residents along with state and federal officials will join Franklin County Government officials to mark the occasion.
Tours of the new courthouse will start following the ribbon cutting ceremony. The first 1,000 people who arrive at the event will get a commemorative booklet and coin.
The new courthouse replaces the 1875 Courthouse that stood on the square until February of 2020 when it was decommissioned to make way for demolition and construction of the new courthouse.
The former courthouse suffered from a long list of physical and structural problems and security issues that only a new courthouse could solve.
In April 2019, voters in Franklin County approved a referendum to build a new courthouse approving a one percent sales tax to help pay for the project. This sales tax will sunset once the new courthouse is paid off. Two other courthouse referendums failed in recent years before the third one passed.
The courthouse is expected to be fully operational in the coming days. The Circuit Clerk’s office and the courts will move back from the Campbell Building into the courthouse as planned. All other county offices that once called the courthouse home will remain in the Campbell Building across from the courthouse.