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New courthouse to cost Pima County extra $12.5M

TUCSON, Ariz. — Pima County will have to fork out another $12.5 million
for a new downtown courthouse.

County officials tell the Arizona Daily Star that the
added expense can be blamed on the city of Tucson waiting nearly a decade before
pulling out of the project.

They say if they had known the city’s plans sooner, they could have adjusted
and avoided the additional costs.

The county has to pick up the tab on about $6 million of architect and
engineering fees, as well as $2.7 million in excessive or unnecessary additions
and around $3 million in interest on those items.

Tucson officials argue that the city never gave the county a green light to
move forward with the project and that there were differences of opinion on
various costs.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star


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