Groundbreaking held for new joint Justice Center in Perryville

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KBSI) – Nearly two years ago, voters approved a capital improvements sales tax of half of 1 percent for 20 years to fund the construction of the Perry County Joint Justice Center.

After 20 years the tax will continue at one-eighth of 1 percent to provide the funds necessary to maintain the facility.

“Certainly, the largest project the county has ever taken on in its history since 1821,” said Perry County Clerk Jared Kutz.

The 119-year-old Perry County Courthouse that resides in the town square was the last milestone project of this size to be done downtown.

The estimated cost of the Justice Center project is approximately $26.5 million.

“This is really a first, for really the state of Missouri, and anywhere around to have just that one location with all these justice center businesses under one roof,” said Perry County Sheriff Jason Klaus.

The new Justice Center will house the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, jail, City of Perryville Police, state and municipal courts, city and county joint 911 dispatch center, Perry County coroner and many other offices.

Sheriff Klaus shares some of the hurdles he faces daily with the present Perry County facility,

“There’s been days that I have inmates that have to sleep on the floor, because we have the overcapacity in our jail,” said Klaus.

Kutz says security is the number one concern. He is excited for the new facility to bring a more stable solution to the problem of each department being spread all over town.

City Administrator Brent Buerck echoes the sentiment.

“A hardened dispatch center, which we currently lack, even though we have two facilities, neither one of them is hardened. So that’s huge, also a modern jail,” said Buerck.

The 60,000 square foot project is estimated to be completed in mid to late 2024.

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