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No Price Tag on St. John Legislature Building

After Legislature’s Director Pamela Samuel promised she’d provide information on how much it cost to build out the Legislature’s new Cruz Bay home, the public remains unaware.

At the grand opening of the Legislature’s new St. John headquarters, leaders were asked how much was being paid in rent for the building and what was the length of the lease.

Sen. Louis P. Hill, who initiated the move from a building that had flooding and mold problems to the new building when he was Senate president, referred questions to the current president, Sen. Ronald P. Russell. Russell passed the questions along to Samuel, who said to call her Monday.

Phone calls placed mid-morning and mid-afternoon Monday were not returned.

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In a lengthy speech on Friday, Hill claimed that the costs associated with the new building were part of the $6.9 million a joint federal and local audit showed included unsupported costs, lost revenues and unnecessary expenses.

“I took a lot of blows for doing this,” he said.

The audit covered the 26th through 28th Legislatures, with most of the work focusing on the 28th. Hill served as president for most of that Legislature.

Both the old and new buildings are owned by former Sen. Robert O’Connor Jr.

The new building has chambers upstairs, offices, and will include a room downstairs for community meetings.

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After Legislature’s Director Pamela Samuel promised she’d provide information on how much it cost to build out the Legislature’s new Cruz Bay home, the public remains unaware.

At the grand opening of the Legislature’s new St. John headquarters, leaders were asked how much was being paid in rent for the building and what was the length of the lease.

Sen. Louis P. Hill, who initiated the move from a building that had flooding and mold problems to the new building when he was Senate president, referred questions to the current president, Sen. Ronald P. Russell. Russell passed the questions along to Samuel, who said to call her Monday.

Phone calls placed mid-morning and mid-afternoon Monday were not returned.

In a lengthy speech on Friday, Hill claimed that the costs associated with the new building were part of the $6.9 million a joint federal and local audit showed included unsupported costs, lost revenues and unnecessary expenses.

“I took a lot of blows for doing this,” he said.

The audit covered the 26th through 28th Legislatures, with most of the work focusing on the 28th. Hill served as president for most of that Legislature.

Both the old and new buildings are owned by former Sen. Robert O’Connor Jr.

The new building has chambers upstairs, offices, and will include a room downstairs for community meetings.