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Updated Apr 26, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Mohave County eyeing new $20M courthouse

KINGMAN, Ariz. -- Mohave County is outgrowing its 100-year-old courthouse in Kingman and a new one is desperately needed, officials say.

A report from the National Center for State Courts has found that operations should be moved because of safety concerns and other issues.

Officials are discussing the possibility of funding the project by renewing a sales tax due to expire in 2019.

NCSC architects say the proposed 88,000-square-foot new courthouse could cost more than $22 million.

Court officials say making a quarter-cent sales tax permanent would be the best way to secure funding.

Attorneys and judges say the current courthouse is a fire hazard.

They say security is also a problem after a homeless man was able to live there by sneaking through a hole in the wall.

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