Tax hike likely needed to pay for new courthouse
EVERETT — The cost for a new Snohomish County courthouse is just starting to come into focus.
And with $75 million in bonds already sold for the project, it’s too late to back out.
Now, county leaders need to pick a spot for the building. They also need to find another $35 million to $70 million to foot the bill. In other words, they’re likely to raise taxes.
“That’s going to be the key issue — how do you pay for it,” County Councilman Dave Gossett said. “But, until the design work is done, all of our numbers are best guesses.”
A discussion about the new courthouse’s location and costs is planned for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, during the councils’ finance committee. The discussion was rescheduled from Monday.
The county is in this predicament because leaders budgeted the project at $75 million without thoroughly studying the community’s needs.