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Final payment made on Government Center

County and city leaders expect to spend the next year hammering out an agreement for sharing the space.

Government Center in Superior
Government Center, Superior, Wisconsin.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — The Government Center in Superior has been paid off.

Douglas County made the last bond payment on the $44.7 million structure in February and the city of Superior has submitted its final portion as well, according to county administrator Ann Doucette.

“We now have to work on an agreement with the city for 2023,” she said. “Since the last payment was just made, we will be working on that sometime this year.”

Superior Mayor Jim Paine said the final payment on the building is factored into the city’s 2022 budget.

“I don’t know why much has to change,” he said. “We’ve had a good agreement for years … to a certain extent I would say ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.’”

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Government Center plaque
A sign in the atrium of the Government Center in Superior on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, lists the city and county officials who were involved in the project.
Maria Lockwood / Superior Telegram

Ground was broken for what was then called the Metro Building in 2000. City, county and law enforcement offices moved into the space, renamed the Government Center, in 2003.

There is no formal agreement in place between the municipalities over how the space will be shared moving forward. The county owns the building; the city is a tenant, according to Douglas County Board Chair Mark Liebaert.

“The building is paid off and the agreement that we have with the city expired with its being paid off, and the relationship for occupancy of that building by the city will be negotiated and talked about and firmed up over the next year,” Liebaert said.

Both he and Paine said a written agreement is needed.

“We’ve got to figure out a long-term care agreement, like how we’re taking care of this building. We built it together, so we’ll have to care for it together,” Paine said.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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