The article (TNT, 1-28) about the rising price tag of the proposed Pierce County administration building says it all in the first two sentences: the vast new complex "will" cost more than projected but "could" still justify the expense.
Increased costs are a certainty, while eventual savings are more speculative. How much higher the price tag "will" ultimately go, and how much less likely that those expenses "could" be justified, only time will tell.
What a shame it will be if this plan proceeds instead of a wiser investment in the central downtown core, with its expanding transit options, its vibrant and growing energy, and its wealth of small businesses yearning for lunchtime dollars.
The bottom line to be considered is not simply the cost of a building, but also the total economic and cultural activity encouraged by a central location and foregone by a more remote one. Even if a central facility costs more to build or operate, it is likely a much better long-term investment.
County officials should reconsider the shortsighted, high price tag proposed location and invest instead in our growing downtown.