It’s a building that already costs you $350 million, but we’ve now learned the new Duval County Courthouse comes with more expenses.
In the Mayor’s preliminary budget outline legislation submitted this week, the “Courts” budget is projected to increase roughly $2.5 million. Mayor’s Office Spokesman David DeCamp tells WOKV that’s largely driven by utilities.
DeCamp say $2.3 million of that increase is dedicated to utilities at the new, larger facility. Another $600,000 is for contract services.
DeCamp says the comparison of this year to next is not entirely accurate because there may still be some reflections of the old courthouse in the current fiscal year, which was a smaller building. He says the approved budget total for this year, or the baseline for the comparison, does also not reflect any adjustments made through the course of the year.
He says the courthouse has been in the city budget for our entire current fiscal year, so when I asked him what could account for the significant gap between the two years- given that presumably operating for the same amount of time at the same level- he says some new functions have also been placed under the Courts budget this year, and the city may have had to pick up some of the costs that the state has shouldered until this point.
We continue to dig for more information on this allocation to find out what the building is really costing you.