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Report says state failing to maintain its properties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state of West Virginia has too many buildings it can’t maintain, and continues to buy property in spite of a drop in revenue, according to a report by the Performance Evaluation and Research Division.

The PERD report about the Department of Administration (DOA) was released Sunday during September’s Legislative Interim session.

 “The Legislative Auditor has determined that the DOA’s inventory of real property is overextended, and as a result the State Building Commission Fund has been for several years insufficient to properly operate and maintain DOA facilities,” the report said.

Auditors found that a decrease in lottery funds has contributed to the state’s inability to maintain its real property, but it remains only a contributing factor, the report said.

“(T)he main reason the DOA cannot adequately maintain its properties is that it has purchased buildings with little regard for the financial implications of the acquisitions,” the report said. “These acquisitions diverted funds from being used to address the significant amount of deferred maintenance in several buildings, particularly Buildings 3-6 on the Capitol complex…

 

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