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Combined courthouse facility being considered in Seneca Co.

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SENECA COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A lot of anger surrounded the demolition of the old courthouse in Tiffin, but on Wednesday, city and county officials came together to unveil plans for a new building that will go up in its place.

Rumors have swirled since the courthouse was torn down in 2012 about what would go up in its place. If approved, a new joint justice center will be built on the empty lot and connect to the annex building.

Leaders say having all courts under one roof would eliminate a lot of the current problems at the three county courts. The juvenile probate court is currently not handicap-accessible and nearly 5,000 square feet too small.

Officials have more than $3 million to offer up front and they say it's worth the cost. The facility would save taxpayers an estimated $181,000 a year for years to come.

"We do not want our kids and our kids' kids paying back a huge chunk of money," said Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz. "It's just wonderful to realize that we're going to be able to pay for a lot of this based off of the savings alone."

The site for the new justice center was chosen based on its central location. It would be close to area businesses and have ample parking.

To see a copy of the justice center study, click here.

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