- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Taxpayers could be footing a bill of more than $34 million to repair the water-damaged exterior of the Whatcom County Courthouse.

The Bellingham Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1QYuxIj ) that an assessment says repairs to the courthouse could cost anywhere between $28.3 million to $34.1 million.

The courthouse walls were made of brick, which is porous, and requires strategically places holes so water can escape. According to architecture firm HKP the courthouse has too few places for water to get out, which has damaged the exterior walls.

The council was not scheduled to vote on the issue Tuesday and took no action.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com

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