Bob Filner

Former Mayor Bob Filner during sentencing in Superior Court. Former Mayor Bob Filner during sentencing in Superior Court. — John Gastaldo

By Craig Gustafson6:29 p.m.Dec. 12, 2013

The cost to taxpayers to get rid of and replace former Mayor Bob Filner has surpassed $8.7 million and the tally could be several million dollars higher before all is said and done.

Filner resigned Aug. 30 following numerous allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior toward women, but the costs continue to pile up with two elections, legal fees and possible settlements to civil lawsuits.

By far the biggest expense is the cost of the elections to replace Filner. The bill for the Nov. 19 special election was roughly $4.65 million while the coming February runoff between City Council members David Alvarez and Kevin Faulconer is expected to run taxpayers between $4 million and $4.5 million.

Felipe Monroig, president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, said there’s no way to avoid the election expense since the city charter dictates how to fill a mayoral vacancy. He placed the blame squarely on Filner.

“The election stuff is, quite frankly, the reality of his acting in a way that was inappropriate for the mayor of San Diego,” Monroig said. “This all comes back to him. Is it expensive? Yes, but it’s the unfortunate reality because of the situation that he caused.”

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