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Ceremony planned in Dawson County to celebrate paid debt
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A celebration is planned Thursday to burn the paid-in-full security deed on the Dawson County Law Enforcement Center.

The 4 p.m. ceremony, which will include several speakers, will be held in front of the jail. The community is invited.

“We’ll actually have a copy of the security deed that’s been released that was against the building and we’ll actually have a ceremony where we burn that deed,” said County Manager Kevin Tanner.

The loan on the jail and a second loan the county took out to build a parking lot for the courthouse were both paid off on Dec. 3 at a savings of nearly $5 million to the county.

“The purpose of this ceremony is purely symbolic that shows we were able to bring that project to a complete close,” Tanner said. “I don’t think a project is completed until it’s designed, built and the last dollar is paid on (it).

“This ceremony symbolizes that the project is complete, that this is owned by the citizens of this county, that there’s no liens or any other interest against those buildings.”

Commissioners voted in November to retire the debt early. The remaining $4.3 million owed on the detention center was scheduled to be paid off by December 2020, while the last payment toward the $678,000 on the parking lot was scheduled for December 2021.

Tanner said the county was able to streamline costs during the construction of the government center to bring costs in way under budget.

“In doing so, we were able to save enough money to go ahead and pay off the detention center debt and the
parking lot debt about eight years early,” he said.