ELKHART — Before voting to proceed with the joint courts project Tuesday, county leaders questioned how they’ll sell voters on a $31 million increase to a plan originally pitched at $63 million.

The Elkhart County Council and the Board of Commissioners, along with a full roster of judges, received an update on the plan to consolidate all the courts into one four-story complex. They heard that trouble sourcing building materials could bring the cost of construction as high as $94 million, and that the hope is to finish the project under $100 million.

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