For the first time since 2011, Crawford County Commissioners have approved a property tax increase for 2016.

The 0.25 mill increase will help pay for the brand new $17 million judicial center.  The four story complex is being built on a parking lot next to the existing courthouse, in Diamond Park.  The new building will house the Crawford County courtrooms and offices.

Commissioners say the new building is a matter of public safety.

"Right now, everyone is using the same common hallway,” said Crawford County Commissioner Francis Weiderspahn.  “Just three weeks ago, we had two people get into a fistfight on the second floor.  With having that separation, there should be a lot less chance of that happening."

The tax increase is expected to cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $25.00 a year.