Proposed $120 million Douglas County justice complex would shrink youth detention center, raise taxes

A proposal for a new Douglas County Juvenile Court, office and youth detention complex received a warm welcome from the Douglas County Board on Tuesday in its debut appearance in public.

Six County Board members spoke favorably about the $120 million proposal, though they stopped short of saying how they will vote when it comes down to deciding whether to increase property taxes to pay for it.

Board member Mary Ann Borgeson, who has championed the project and worked on a committee shaping it, said the new complex would improve juvenile and family justice. She said she hopes people focus on how it will affect families and not only on cost. Read More.