Santa Fe County Approves Money For Courthouse Furniture

Santa Fe County commissioners have approved $275,000 in spending to help furnish a new district courthouse, but it's not clear when judges and other court workers will be able to move in.

Chief Judge Raymond Ortiz tells The Santa Fe New Mexican that he still doesn't have enough money to order the necessary furniture. He needs about $53,000.

The county's contribution is in addition to $250,000 the state Board of Finance agreed to provide last week.

The courthouse is entangled in a dispute between Gov. Susana Martinez's administration and the judiciary over whether it's the responsibility of the state or counties to pay for furniture and computer equipment in new district court buildings.

The governor vetoed nearly $1.4 million for the courthouse furnishings earlier this year, contending that Santa Fe County should pick up that tab.

Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican.

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