NEWKIRK – The Kay County Courthouse will be turning 100 years old in 2026, thus the amount of people in the building for court has grown significantly.

The topic of minimum space for office workers as well as those waiting for court with no seats to sit in led to the proposal of a new annex building on the lawn south of the courthouse. Voters will be able to decide on the tax increase to fund the proposal when it appears on the ballot for the Oct. 8 election.

The sales tax will be 0.25% for 13 years. The proposed annex building is estimated 15,778 sq. ft. if the tax increase passes. All county offices would be located to the new building, which allows more room for the courthouse. The Extension office will have its own 5,000 sq. ft. building. The project should also help improve parking.

Outside of space needed, the age of the facility is also a factor as roof leaks have been reported.