Full coverage of 'Taj Mahal' appellate courthouse
Linda South, whose agency is in charge of the construction of state buildings, says judges and legislators called the shots on the controversial $48 million courthouse near the Capitol.
Read today's full report from the Times' Lucy Morgan: Head of state buildings pushes back on 'Taj Mahal' courthouse
The St. Petersburg Times on Monday, Oct. 11 received a copy of an audit into the funding for the "Taj Mahal'' state appellate courthouse.
Florida's Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink ordered a review of the $48 million project with lavish accoutrements for 1st District Court of Appeal judges after a preliminary review indicated the court may have spent money initially appropriated for other purposes and got $16 million in a raid on the state's Workers' Compensation Trust Fund. Previous coverage has revealed that the $35 million bond issue used for the project was authorized by legislators on the last day of the 2007 session. The courthouse construction was an amendment to a lengthy transportation bill — an amendment many legislators say they were unaware of at the time.