QUESTION: I would be interested in learning the total (perhaps, anticipated) costs for the new County Juvenile Hall, the new County Jail and Administration building, and the proposed County Courthouse. In reading various newspaper articles, the actual numbers and costs keep changing. How much will each building cost in the end? And how much will the Tuolumne County taxpayers end up paying? How much has been sent to the county by the State to share in the total costs?
ANSWER: The total cost for the Law and Justice Center remains a bit fluid since two of the three buildings have not been built. But as it stands now, once the three buildings are complete, the cost would be slightly more than $138 million, Craig Pedro, county administrator said. County funds would have paid just under $25 million. The rest comes from various state grants and allocations.
Here's how it breaks down. The land cost $4.2 million. Of that total, $700,000 came from court judgments earmarked for projects like the Law and Justice Center. The county borrowed $3.5 million from its Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee Trust Fund in 2010, and by the time the note is due will have paid $308,308 in interest. Pedro said this financing saved saved taxpayers at least $3 million.
The Juvenile Detention Center, which opened last year, cost $18,700,000. The state paid $16 million and the county's share - $2.7 million - was paid for by the general fund and a small portion – about $150,450 – wil come from a lease revenue bond that went to market Thursday.
Also included in that bond was money for the new county jail and infrastructure for the site as well as $3.1 million to upgrade the country’s overall technology.
The jail, which is expected to be completed in late 2019, is estimated to cost $50.7 million. The county’s share is $17.7 million. Approximately $17.6 million will come from the lease revenue bond, with interest totaling an average of 3.5 percent. The total payoff for just the jail could not be parsed out Thursday afternoon.
The new courthouse is truly a work in progress with regard to funding and construction. All of the cost – estimated at $64 million – will be paid for by the state because the courts are managed and run by the state. Money for this project has been included in the governor's budget but it is still early in the process.
Also to be built one day on site will be a building for various court officers such as the district attorney and public defender and a new headquarters for the Sheriff’s Office.