JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Action News has learned the price tag for the new Duval county courthouse is getting even bigger.
On top of the $350 million it cost to build, it will also cost millions more to operate each year.
"There are increased operating costs associated with the new courthouse," said Councilman Bill Bishop.
Bishop admits it's not a surprise. We found out the mayor's new proposed budget has the courts funded at nearly $3.1 million for the next fiscal year. That's up from $575,000 using the old building. More than $2 million of that increase is just to cover the electricity and water in the building.
"It's bigger, more involved and will cost more money," said Bishop.
The mayor's spokesman says they knew it would cost more but hope to see that number go down in the future with the building being deemed energy efficient. "It's also an LEED-certified energy-efficient building. Hopefully, we'll see efficiency down the road," said communications director David DeCamp.
While many deem the building a money pit, the council president says they're stuck with it and the bills that come along with it.
"They have to be factors. They're the responsibility the city has for operating this facility," said Bishop.