Miami-Dade Voters to Decide New Courthouse Plan

Voters in Florida's most populous county will decide in November whether to raise property taxes to finance a replacement for the 1920s-era Dade County Courthouse.
The Miami-Dade County Commission last week voted to put the question on this year's general election ballot. If it passes, the commission would gain authority to raise taxes so the county could borrow $393 million for a new courthouse for lawsuits and other civil matters. Criminal cases are heard in a separate building.
The current courthouse was completed in 1928 and is beset by problems, including water leaks, mold and structural issues.
At 360 feet, the downtown Miami building was for years Florida's tallest. It is designated as a historic structure so it cannot be demolished. A replacement courthouse would be located elsewhere.

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