Thursday, December 28, 2000

Last of stadium cost overruns OK'd

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Commissioners Tom Neyer and Bob Bedinghaus approved spending more than $6 million Wednesday to cover the last of the overruns at Paul Brown Stadium. Commissioner John Dowlin voted against the expenditure.

        The money will be used to cover $5.9 million in additional cost overruns, plus $692,000 in additional financing costs. There is a possibility that $1.3 million of the total could be withheld, however, because that is money going to cover increased fees from the archi tect, construction manager and project manager.

        The county plans to negotiate with those three companies — which together make up the stadium “project team” — to try to recoup some of the $50.9 million in overruns.

        Commissioners asked the county prosecutor Wednesday to look at the contract and see if the county has to pay the additional fees.

        “It's better not to pay than to pay and then ask on bended knee for your money back,” Mr. Dowlin said.


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