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CALDWELL -- Canyon County broke ground on a new administration building that county leaders say will ease overcrowding at the courthouse.

The new $6.5 million, 50,000 square-foot building will house a number of government agencies, including offices of the assessor, clerk and treasurer.

County Commissioner Steven Rule says the new building will help relieve overcrowding in the current building.

We had quite simply outgrown the facility that was built in the 1990s for a population of 90 and a 100,000, said Rule. We're now 190,000 plus and it gives us the room to make that growth that is so desperately needed.

The building is being financed through an agreement with the Caldwell Urban Renewal Agency and will not increase property taxes.

It's expected to be completed next May.

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