LONGVIEW, Texas — Upshur County is moving ahead with plans to renovate its historical courthouse in downtown Gilmer.
The county submitted a grant application to the Texas Historical Commission this past week for funds to help pay for a $7.5 million project that aims to restore the structure to its original 1937 appearance.
“We are almost guaranteed some funds because we have already done the engineering and architectural work,” County Judge Dean Fowler said.
The county must provide 20 percent — about $1.5 million — of the total. The county’s funds would come from the debt service portion of the tax rate, not requiring a tax rate increase because the county has debt that soon will be paid off, Fowler said.
It’s possible the commission could break the grant into pieces, providing financing for interior work one year and the exterior another year, he said, but nothing is certain.
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