For nearly six months mold has taken over the Washington County Courthouse and in that time commissioners have lobbied the state for funding to rebuild a healthy government facility. Wednesday afternoon commissioners received word that over 9 million dollars have been allocated to help rebuild the county courthouse but the money isn't a guarantee just yet. The House and Senate have approved the budget but now the county waits for overall approval from Governor Rick Scott. An immediate evacuation was issued this winter when 12 types of mold were found in the municipality and many were a health hazard. Court is currently run from the government building and criminal cases are held behind the sheriff’s office. By holding court outside of the courthouse, safety issues arise and there is no formal jury deliberation room for trials. Commissioners put together videos, pictures and lobbied in Tallahassee for the state to help the urgent situation. According to Washington County Interim Clerk, Harold Bazzel, the county is relieved the state understands the need for funding, "Everybody pulled together and worked hard on this. The idea of WashingtonCounty being able to build a new courthouse is huge. I mean for a small county that struggles financially this is huge."
Governor Rick Scott will either approve or deny the 9 million dollar budget Friday.