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Woodbury County supervisors approve budget for courthouse security


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV)- Anytime you leave your house, you should feel safe, whether it be on the street, at work, and especially in a courthouse. That's why a majority of the Woodbury County board of supervisors approved $250,000 to improve courthouse security in fiscal year 2015 .

"It is a historic vote," Woodbury County Supervisor Jackie Smith said.

Board Chair George Boykin sits on a committee that's been looking closely at this issue.

"I don't want to have an incident to happen in the courthouse that's happened across the country with someone or individuals losing their life because we've got people that will do very bad things to people in our society today," Boykin said.

Although, it wasn't a unanimous decision, most board members agree it's better to be safe than sorry.

"I think it's a sad commentary on our times, but it is time to secure our building because we do have people that enter that may have high emotions or may be quite agitated because they're dealing with some issues in a legal setting," Smith said.

Supervisor Larry Clausen opposed the decision.

"There's a lot of unanswered questions, but there was $250,000 set aside for court security. I can live with it. I don't like it," Clausen said.

There are still details to be worked out like how many security cameras will they install, and who will they hire to protect the building.

But, adding this new item to the budget poses challenges elsewhere.

County leaders said they still need to cut $221,000 or find new revenue in the general basic fund.

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