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New courthouse equipment falling apart

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Updated: 7/25/2013 11:54 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A year after opening, Action News has learned some equipment in the courthouse is starting to break.

It still looks new inside the $350 million courthouse, but beneath the pristine pillars is a new problem. It's costing taxpayers more money and the building has only been open a year.

Action News obtained emails showing some audio visual equipment is broken and the warranty expired last month. The city didn't budget money to pay for repairs. While it's only $3,500 now, there's another issue. The building and equipment are only a year old.

The problem is a big issue for Councilman Greg Anderson. He's heading up a team looking at what went wrong with the project and how the cost spiraled out of control. This latest problem we told him about is a small part of a long list.

The fire system still hasn't passed a full test and the warranty is out on that too. Anderson stopped short of answering whether taxpayers got their money's worth on this building. "I don't know if I want to answer that question. The building was built to serve the community for many years," said Anderson.

The councilman tells us they will have to look at allocating money for maintenance on the courthouse in future budgets. We are told Turner Construction is still working to fix problems with the fire system and will pick up the cost because it happened before the warranty ended.
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imtellin - 7/26/2013 7:45 AM
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turner construction huh ??? they designed everything to fall apart right after the warranty expired... union labor... one should expect better than this from American workers... perhaps the best thing would be for the fire suppression system while it is failing,, to keep on keepin on & let the building burn... the taxpayers should sue all involved parties with any responsibility in this fiasco !!!

Papakilo - 7/25/2013 11:22 PM
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Just another example of how our mayors, their administrators/advisors and city council continue to tax and spend like there is no tomorrow. Maybe one day the taxpayers will wake up and stop electing self-adoring politicians, and elect REAL folks who will work for the taxpayers of Jacksonville. We pay taxes for many services and maintenance projects which never seem to make it to the top of the mayors priority list. Shame on us taxpayers.

tlynn - 7/25/2013 10:25 PM
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All I can say is …Thank You John Peyton!!!! Maybe your name should be on this waste of taxpayers$$$$'s!!!!
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