A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the city of Washington to reimburse the school district $50,000 for a $5.4 million renovation project that was never built.
The $50-million renovation was supposed to replace two schools and upgrade four others.
But city officials never got the funding to build the project because they didn’t complete the required inspections, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
The school district was supposed get $1.9 million for the project but failed to provide the necessary inspections, the complaint said.
The complaint also said the city didn’t follow proper procedures for certifying the project, including having the contractor provide the required inspection certificates.
The judge ordered the district to reimburse $7 million of the costs and also ordered it to pay the state $1 million for lost taxes and penalties.
The lawsuit also accused the city and the state of not doing enough to secure the funding and to protect taxpayers.
It also asked the judge to impose sanctions on the city for not following its own rules for certifications and for failing to take steps to protect the public.
In the lawsuit, the Washington Post reports that the District’s inspector general said in a report last year that the city did not meet its legal requirements for certification.
In its response, the city said the inspector general had no evidence of violations.
The Washington school district had been in court this week for the first time since the district sued the city over the project in 2016.
The case was settled in September 2017.