Citizens Paying Millions to Lease Barely Used Va. Courthouse

November 22, 2010

Government documents show taxpayers pay nearly $2 million a year to lease a rarely used federal courthouse on the Virginia Peninsula.

The Daily Press newspaper reports that's more than $568,000 a year more than the government originally said. The original lease provided by the U.S. General Services Administration calls for $1.41 million a year.

The agency says it failed to turn over amendments that explain the higher annual cost.

Taxpayers will pay $29.7 million over the course of the 15-year lease. That's a lot more than the building is worth. The city of Newport News determined estimates its value at $7.2 million.

The courthouse opened in early 2008, and has no resident judges.

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