Making the old Potter County courthouse new again

Diana Crawford
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Renovations on the old Potter County courthouse are projected to cost millions of dollars and some are questioning if the big bill is worth it.  

The price tag on the full renovation of the building is at $17 million, $12 million of that is taxpayer money. While progress on the 1932 courthouse is right on schedule, some want to know why the renovations need to be done in the first place.

Potter County says the answer is simple, it's a historic building that shows how the area developed. Mike Head, Potter County Director of Facilities says, "There is a 1970's law on the books right now in Austin that all counties are to protect and preserve their historic courthouses. A lot of counties including Potter County back then did not do that. We also want to preserve it, but design it for the future growth- a 40 to 50 year plan for the county."

The courthouse is expected to be finished in December, but move-in could be as late as next March depending on weather conditions.