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Courthouse costs keep growing

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Updated: 6/04/2013 11:52 pm

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.

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whosaysnocan - 6/5/2013 5:25 PM
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The thing about this mess is that Turner Construction has the contract to renovate the stadium. Should be interesting to see how they over run on the costs and provide an inferior product.

Gunny48 - 6/5/2013 6:43 AM
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"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." - While Delaney sits smugly across town in his reward position...

TOMMY - 6/5/2013 5:50 AM
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Save money, get rid of the judges personal trainers and do not replace the judges desk's which some cost several thousand, why should we be surprised? Screwed by the government again!

Truthseeker - 6/5/2013 4:36 AM
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Regardless of what the court house replaces, it didn't need to be so elaborate and ornate. It looks more like a temple of the gods than it does a place of business. It actually gives the populace a pretty good idea of what Duval County's judges think of themselves. I am sure that adequate facilities could have been built at a much more reasonable cost to the taxpayers.

Timm Obi - 6/4/2013 11:31 PM
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Unless you factor in the cost for all facilities used previously by offices now housed in the New courthouse, The numbers you cite are meaningless, The traffic, drug, and other court functions were moved from The Southgate shopping center on Beach plus the courts were using space in the Old City Hall Annex. The $350 million price tag also covers renovating the old federal post office building for the state attorney's office.
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