Final payment made on Government Center – Superior Telegram
SUPERIOR — The Government Center in Superior has been refunded.
Douglas County made the final bond payment on the $44.7 million structure in February and the city of Superior also submitted its final portion, according to County Administrator Ann Doucette.
“Now we have to work on a deal with the city for 2023,” she said. “Since the last payment has just been made, we will work on it this year.”
Senior Mayor Jim Paine said final payment for the building is factored into the city’s 2022 budget.
“I don’t know why a lot of things have to change,” he said. “We’ve had a good deal for years…to a certain extent I would say ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.'”
Land was laid for what was then called the Metro Building in 2000. City, county, and law enforcement offices moved into the space, renamed Government Center, in 2003.
There is no formal agreement between municipalities on how space will be shared in the future. The county owns the building; the town is a tenant, according to Douglas County Council Chairman Mark Liebaert.
“The building is paid for and the agreement we have with the city has expired with its reimbursement, and the relationship of the city’s occupation of this building will be negotiated, discussed and solidified over the next year,” Liebaert said. . .
He and Paine said a written agreement was needed.
“We have to find a long-term care agreement, like how we take care of this building. We built it together, so we’ll have to take care of it together,” Paine said.