"If I chose to build this in San Marcos, it would cost $292 million," says Ekhardt.
Judge Eckhardt said the county has been crunching numbers for ten years.
"It's a little frustrating because we really have run every possible track about where we can build this courthouse," she says.
She announced the county has come up with a way to shave 20 percent off the project.
"We can find some interest in this project from the private sector that can drive down the cost of this project," Eckhardt explains.
Bill Oakey has pointed out that a larger courthouse, built in Broward County, cost only $213 million:
Readers may remember that Bill quit the focus group on this project last year, after Travis County would not find ways to streamline the proposal and come up with a lower cost: