Montco Justice Center Cost Wildly Out Of Control — Joe Gale noted at the Dec. 13 meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners that the cost for the new justice center will likely hit $406 million when an expected project-labor agreement is approved by the Democrat majority.
The cost is now estimated at $364 million. It was estimated at $220 million last year.
Gale, who is the mandated Republican minority representative, noted that neighboring Bucks County is building a nine-story justice center that was initially budgeted for $94 million albeit cost overrides increased it by $20 million.
He noted that new state-of-the-art Einstein Medical Center was built for $350 million.
He said he is not voting for the county budget because of this.
Thank God people like Gale have gotten involved in politics. In a sane world, $219 million would be more than enough to fix things. Way more than enough. See Bucks County.
When people don’t have to spend their own money there is never a reason to say no, especially when those upon who the money is being spent are friends and contributors to those voting to do the spending.
The video below includes Gale’s comments along with a rebuttal from President Judge Thomas M. Del Ricci defending the increased spending.
For some reason, though the judge does not explain the need for a project labor agreement that adds $40 million to the already inflated cost.