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Jul 3, 2013 4:47 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Kleberg Co. Courthouse Needs Funds for Repairs

KINGSVILLE - The Kleberg County courthouse is looking for ways to pay for some much needed repairs in the building.

The building is almost 100 years old, as is most of the electrical.

The roof constantly leaks, and there's no plumbing or sewer in the basement.

The County estimates they need millions of dollars worth of repairs.

Right now, they're considering three options:

1. Issue Certificates of Obligation, giving the County immediate funds without taxpayer approval

2. Make the repairs a bond issue

3. Find a private contractor to do the work, and get paid back through a loan process

County Judge Juan Escobar says that these infrastructure problems keep adding up.

"We've had some issues, but we've luckily taken care of those. But those are peace-mealed you know? At some point, something is going to give in," he says.

He and the Commissioners Court will continue to discuss the issue in their meetings.

They hope to have a solid plan in place in the coming months.

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