BONIFAY – Holmes County officials are officially making efforts to acquire the old Doctors Memorial Hospital campus to be repurposed as a county government annex.

Holmes County Commissioners unanimously agreed to pursue grants to help renovate the property, which is being donated by Doctors Memorial Hospital, when the board met in regular session last Tuesday. The grants, which would come from state funding, would total about $7 million with the county contributing about $900,000, to be paid in $40,000 annual increments on a 30-year bond.

Pending assuming ownership of the property, commissioners plan to renovate the facility to house the county commission's administrative offices, as well as the Supervisor of Elections, EMS office, Tax Collector, Property Appraiser, FEMA, Veterans Administration and Holmes County Building Department.

Commission Chairman Clint Erickson made the proposal, stating the move is a good step for the future of the county.

“This may not be the most popular choice, but I feel it is financially the best way for the county to move ahead at this time," he said.