“State judicial officials voted last month to delay more than two dozen courthouse construction projects in 26 counties, saying budget shortfalls have drained the money needed to fund them,” the Sacramento Bee is reporting.
“The plan that Judicial Council of California officials approved at their Aug. 26 meeting allows local courts to complete the project work already begun – construction, site acquisition, working drawings, or, as in Sacramento, preliminary design plans for its proposed $493 million project near the city’s railyard – before the council halts further work while it seeks funding.
“’We are out of money and there is nothing we can do at this point, short of getting that money back,’ state appellate Justice Brad Hill, chairman of the Judicial Council of California’s court facilities advisory committee, was quoted as saying at the council’s meeting in a statement by Judicial Council officials. ‘The days of being able to limp along are over.’
“Judicial Council officials trace the shortfall to the approximately $1.4 billion in court-construction cash diverted to help California wend its way through rough economic waters during the recession. Combined with declining revenue from court fines and fees, Judicial Council officials say, fiscal woes continue to mount.”
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