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San Diego’s City Council is willing to spend more than $500,000 to see new bids come back on its downtown library-charter high school project.

The overwhelming argument that the six council members who voted in favor of the item used on Tuesday afternoon is that they wanted to see updated bids for the proposal before they could decide whether to approve the building.

The current estimate of $185 million is from 2005.

“I do think that reasonable people can disagree on this and I don’t know what I will do when it finally comes down to whether or not we’ll build a downtown library,” said Councilwoman Donna Frye, who  was seen as a key swing vote on the issue. “But I do believe and maybe it’s just my curiosity, but I would like to see what it costs.”

Council needed a six vote majority to pass the measure. Council members Carl DeMaio and Sherri Lightner voted in opposition.


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