Delay expected for courthouse move

Jun 22, 2012

A state board led by Governor Susana Martinez has approved money for security equipment for a new district courthouse in Santa Fe but not for other furnishings needed for the building to be occupied in January.

The Board of Finance agreed Thursday to an $87,000 loan to the First Judicial District Court for security equipment but the court had asked for an additional $740,000 for furniture and computers.

Chief Judge Barbara Vigil said after the meeting there will be a delay in moving into the courthouse of potentially four to six months because the court will have to secure legislative approval next year for money to pay for furnishings.

The governor vetoed almost $1.4 million in bond financing the Legislature approved for courthouse furnishings earlier this year.