City annexation passes House

WINDER - A bill that would allow Winder to annex a 155-acre complex housing the county's new courthouse facility passed the House on Thursday.

Last month, Barrow County and the city of Winder reached an agreement to allow the city to annex the land, which is required to be in the county seat. As part of the local calendar, it passed the House 120-1.

It still must be passed by the Senate. Rep. Terry England, R-Auburn, is the bill's chief sponsor.

In exchange for annexing the land, the county will help Winder define its city limits so the delivery of water, sewer and other services will be enhanced.

The jail/courthouse facility was approved by voters in a penny sales tax last June. It will be designed by Rosser International Inc., and is expected to cost $46.4 million.

Staff Writer Dave Williams contributed to this article.