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County foots bill for transcripts

Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously gave their attorneys permission Tuesday to spend between $30,000 and $45,000 on court transcripts they'll need in order to decide to appeal a judgment made last week in an already costly lawsuit.

County Attorney Emmy Acton first planned on asking the commission for approval to appeal Friday's verdict in favor of Providence Venture Inc.

The developer for a south Hillsborough sewage treatment plant, Providence Venture sued the county over a deal to build.

Acton said Tuesday she changed her mind about pushing for an appeal. She said she decided on the more cautious approach of getting authorization for the transcripts before making definite plans after long discussions with County Administrator Fred Karl and others.

The transcript is needed as soon as possible, because if commissioners decide to file an appeal, it must bve done within about 30 days, Acton said. The cost of getting the transcripts so quickly increases the price.

The case could have been settled earlier this year for $2.8-million.