Council taxpayers in Portsmouth have received more bad news as the cost of the crisis-hit Spinnaker tower spirals beyond the £10m mark.
The tower remains unfinished
The ambitious landmark intended to open as part of the South coast's millennium celebrations has also been delayed for at least a further three months.
The city council has been heavily criticised over the fiasco, which was not intended to cost residents a penny.
The cost of the project has risen by £2m, and is due to finish in November.
The delay and cost overrun is exactly what was warned of in a highly-critical district auditor's report last month.
It blamed Portsmouth City Council for entering a contract with the developers which left them liable for extra costs and unable to enforce an end date for the building work.
How the finished tower will look
It said the council had handed developers, Mowlem, a "blank cheque".
Former council leader Leo Madden resigned ahead of the report, and the council's top legal advisor has been suspended on full pay.
Built on Gunwharf Quays, near Portsmouth Harbour station, the Spinnaker Tower was first approved by the Millennium Commission in 1995.