The Morgan County Commissioners are doing the right thing in rethinking the design and costs of a new courthouse. The original plan from Silling & Associates was beautiful, but there's no way to pay for the $12.7 million building. Clearly, there's little public support for such a major project without state aid.
That said, we still feel the commissioners should build the best courthouse they can, with an eye toward how the facility can be expanded in the future. The idea of using the old hospital, being promoted by some, is not appealing. The building is not set up for public spaces and courtrooms, and the location is far from perfect. Using the hospital as a courthouse is a backward dodge, not a step into the 21st century. Plus, such a move would leave a big hole in the downtown.