MONTROSE, Colo. (KFQX) — The historic Montrose County courthouse has been an anchor in the community for the last 100 years. Thanks to Colorado Senator John Hickenlooper, funding for the courthouse’s renovation is accelerated.

Senator Hickenlooper requested funding for renovation projects across Colorado through the Congressional Directed Spending (CDS) process.

Montrose County’s Courthouse will receive more than $7 Million towards renovations.

Whether you are paying taxes or getting license plates, the historic courthouse provides key services to Montrose County.

County Managers hope the renovations will maintain the courthouse as an anchor in the community for the next 100 years, “At this point we are in a bit of a different world about pricing and certainly supply chain at the moment so we are going to be factoring this new revenue from the congressionally spending request into our budget, updating our financial models and sharpening the pencils on what we think the project will cost at this time,” Jon Waschbusch, Montrose County Manager said.

The project’s construction cost was estimated at $13.1 Million back in 2020, but has now increased significantly.

Montrose staff are now in the process of adding the congressional funding to the county’s financial model and capital plans.