Skip to comments.Empty federal office costs taxpayers
Posted on 06/28/2014 8:18:47 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
The nearly 19,000-square-foot office building at 1058 Claussen Road in west Augusta has been vacant since April, but it still costs taxpayers $39,679 a month in rent and will probably keep doing so for the next seven years.
At the Claussen Road building, the government spent $644,851 to specially upfit it to house the Social Security Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.
Richmond County building permits show that service windows, separation walls, above-ceiling electrical and new plumbing were added to help the agency hold hearings, issue decisions and review appeals on benefits.
Those costs were added to the lease, and for the next seven years, the government must pay $92,866 annually above the cost of rent for the renovations.
In March, the Government Accountability Office published a report that reviewed property management practices within the GSA, one of four agencies that rank in the top 10 in federal real estate holdings.
The report revealed that, as with the Claussen Road building, which has a taxable value of $468,699, the federal government often spends more money on renovations and multiyear leases than on outright property purchases.
For example, the report found that the GSA could have bought a State Department building in Washington for $100 million in 1992, but instead rented it for 20 years, renovated it and then purchased it in 2012 for $258 million.
Other examples of waste cited by the GAO since 2003 include a Commerce Department building in Alexandria, Va., that costs $60 million annually to rent and a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau facility in Washington where $95 million will be spent for renovations.
(Excerpt) Read more at m.chronicle.augusta.com ...
But is it acceptable for 3,000 illegal aliens’ housing? Let’s spend another $1mm to make it “illegal-alien-friendly”.
Empty bureaucrat brains cost taxpayers more.
I go to WalMart and buy picture frames for five bucks each and sell them to the government as solar panels for $1,000 a pop. You ought to see how many portable basketball goals I sell them for wind turbines at $500,000 each. All they ask is that “A little taste of that money go to the Democrat Party.”
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Ha.... Blum thinks we all dumb
Pump-in some cement to those empty skulls!