Beaufort County reviews use of federal courthouse

      BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Beaufort County is considering how to use the federal courthouse in Beaufort once the federal courts move out later this year.

      The Beaufort Gazette reports ( ) the federal lease on the ornate courthouse owned by the county expires this summer. The courthouse is one of 10 that the federal government is closing across the county in order to save money. The federal government pays $1 million in rent for the Beaufort courthouse.

      The county could end up using the courthouse for space for county offices.

      One existing building in the county's government complex has water damage and will be more expensive to repair than replace. That building now houses a magistrate court and the county information technology department.


      Information from: The Beaufort Gazette,

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