It was once a question of "if" Lancaster County would build a courthouse using a 1-cent sales tax.
That was before a fire, set by an arsonist, destroyed the second floor of the 180-year-old Lancaster County Courthouse on Aug. 4.
Now, County Council has decided the county can no longer postpone building a new courthouse.
Council approved an installment-purchase plan to build a $33 million courthouse this fall and decided to pay for it with a penny sales tax or an increase in property taxes.
How it's paid for will be decided in a referendum on Tuesday's ballot.