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Add Leon County, Fla., to List of Jurisdictions Probing Planned New Courthouse Construction

Posted Sep 23, 2010 1:11 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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It isn't just in Maricopa County, Ariz., and Philadelphia that expensive new court construction efforts have drawn fire.

A grand jury is being convened in Leon County, Fla., to address an unidentified citizen's complaint about a planned $48 million new courthouse for the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

State lawmakers approved a $33.5 million bond issue to help fund the project, on the last day of the 2007 legislative session. But a number have since said that they knew nothing about the bond issue until years later, because it was buried in a lengthy transportation bill.

Court officials involved in the project did not immediately respond to the newspaper's requests for comment yesterday.

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