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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.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star

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