A change approved Wednesday in the county's contract with the architects designing the new Davis County Justice Complex will save taxpayers more than $70,000.

The contract with the Edwards & Daniels architectural firm was originally negotiated at $1.1 million, deputy county attorney Jerry Hess said. That figure was reduced once to $989,000 as the project was cut back, Hess said.But more design work negotiated in January pushed the final price back up to $1,028,284, the amount approved Wednesday by the county commissioners. That price does not include $18,000 under a separate contract negotiated earlier with Edwards & Daniels for a needs assessment study, Hess said.

The county is constructing a sheriff's department, 400-bed jail and court complex in west Farmington that will cost an estimated $18 million. Construction will begin this summer, with occupancy in the fall of 1990, according to county officials.