Blaha voices opposition to building purchase

The possibility of the county purchasing a building at the former Aurora Loan Services site for use as a District 12 probation reporting center is opposed by at least one board member. Prior to going into an executive session Monday to discuss the possible purchase from the city of Scottsbluff, Commissioner Sherry Blaha said she opposed the idea at the present time.

Blaha said she couldn't see spending money to assist probation, a state responsibility, when all the county departments have been cut severely in a tough budget year and employees are not even getting cost of living raises. Blaha also said other buildings should be considered including the old jail, which she admitted has been gutted and would need extensive remodeling, but is adjacent to the courthouse and the sheriff's office.

The commissioners took no action after coming out of executive session.

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