Funding for a stand-alone tribunal will be spread over two years

The city has budgeted $2 million this fiscal year for the design and infrastructure of its new free-standing municipal courthouse. The new facility is expected to be ready in early 2024 and will allow the city to vacate the space it has shared with Pinal County since its incorporation in 2003. [Bob McGovern]

The new stand-alone municipal court building approved by city council in September will be funded from two budget years: this year and next.

According to city spokesperson Quinn Konold, a budget of $2 million is planned for this fiscal year to cover preliminary costs, such as infrastructure design and construction, site improvements and building foundations.

“The rest of the project, including building construction, furniture, fixtures, technology, audiovisual equipment, cameras, access control, security equipment, etc., is recommended to be funded from the fiscal year 2024 budget,” Konold said. said. “Staff will submit a budget request for the remaining funds needed to complete the facility along with the fiscal year 2024 capital improvement project budget requests.”

Konold added that the city expects the project to be completed by winter or spring 2024.

The permanent court will have a construction budget of about $2.7 million, Deputy City Manager Jennifer Brown said at the council meeting where the facility was approved.

City Manager Rick Horst said those costs will be reimbursed to the city through the Development Impact Fee.

“I want to make it very clear that this will be paid for by new developments, not existing taxpayers,” Horst said. “It will be 100% based on new developments coming here. With these growth needs, they should be paid for by the people causing the growth, not the people who are already there.

Having a stand-alone Municipal Court Building will allow the city to remove its business from the Pinal County Courts Building, where it has shared space with the Pinal Courthouse since Maricopa’s incorporation in 2003.

The project will be developed in two phases. The first will create an interim installation that will operate in City Council Chambers; the second will be the construction of the permanent facility east of City Hall and north of the current police building. Brown said the city’s goal for a functioning interim court is early 2023.

“We’re growing,” Brown said when the building was approved. “We’re maturing as a city and that means taking on new things and having new processes that evolve as a community.”

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