POWER DOWN: THE ACCOUNTING SKILLS OF DUVAL CLERK’S OFFICE CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER DEREK D. IGOU
On the day the SCOTUS that made gay marriage legal in all 50 states, Igou was asked by WOKV if the Duval County Courthouse – which has refused to perform marriage ceremonies since January – would begin using the room in the $350 million Duval County Courthouse made specifically and intentionally for the purpose of facilitating marriage ceremonies. Igou responded in the negative, saying doing so would burden taxpayers with $60,000/year wedding bill. When Folio Weekly crunched the numbers and asked Igou to clarify, he said the figure was closer to $27,000. Furthermore, public records indicate in previous years courthouse weddings generated up to $60,000 in revenue for the courthouse. In absence of this revenue, the courthouse’s marriage department faces a deficit eclipsing $100,000.