Thomas County Seeks Public Input on Courthouse Security and More

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They say they need about 30,000 square feet of office space and also need to meet security upgrades such as metal detectors and video surveillance as suggested by the chief judge.

And then it was the public's turn, voicing ideas from a new courthouse to a sales tax.

Elven Herring, a Thomas County resident, says, "I think it was fantastic, there was a lot of view points spoken that should of been spoken because we do need a new courthouse."

Mary Jo Beverly, Thomas County Commissioner District 6, says, "I think the overwhelming message was that people do care about this historic courthouse, they care about Thomas County buildings and I think most would favor a SPLOST to pay for the things that we need."

County officials recorded each suggestion and say all will be considered, and say this is just the first of many public meetings on the issues.