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We congratulate: Shelby County Fiscal Court for passing its contribution to the City Center

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We think this is a worthwhile project, and we commend Shelby County Fiscal Court for doing the right thing.

We were very pleased last week to see that Shelby County Fiscal Court had approved its piece of the financial pie needed to study the plan for the downtown City Center.

We had been pushing for months for magistrates to contribute the remaining $12,500 – the other partners, the City of Shelbyville, the Shelby County School Board and the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, did so months ago – and we are relieved that this is completed.

We think it’s a good idea to pursue this downtown conference center/theater, but there is much information to be gathered, parsed and absorbed before any construction or financing can begin.

The county’s contribution only allows for that due diligence and does not commit it to a future financial plan.

We understand the reluctance of County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger and Magistrate Allen Ruble to spend this money, but we think Fiscal Court made the correct decision.

Now the burden returns to Leon Mooneyhan, the man with the vision and energy for this project, and we await his report.