Gallatin County Courts Building Priced $10 Million More Than Expected

On Tuesday, Gallatin County commissioners learned of the maximum price for the Gallatin County Courts Building.

Commissioners asked voters for bail to pay $29 million for the courts building, on Tuesday they were told the building’s maximum cost would be $39.6 million

They say inflation, plus labor and construction costs, resulted in a $10 million increase.

“We weren’t surprised and today was actually good news that it hasn’t increased any further than we thought,” Gallatin County Commissioner Zach Brown said. “This is what governments, school districts and projects across the county are facing.”

The commissioners plan to cover the $10 million with saved capital funds, ARPA funds and a $2 million bond.

“State law allows local governments to borrow up to $2 million without seeking voter approval, so it will just have to be part of our funding stack for this to all work,” Brown says.

Some parts of the new building had to be modified to reduce costs.

“We eliminated the basement of the building and redesigned some of the security access issues,” says Brown.

The county hopes to wrap up the permitting process soon and hopes to begin construction of the building in September or October. Construction is estimated at 26 months with a completion target in November/December 2024.

Richard L. Militello