The News and Observer published a story today about renovations underway at the governor’s other mansion.
The 6,000 square foot house sits on an 18 acre lot in Asheville. Currently the state doesn’t really use the mansion with the exception of renting it out for events. Groups like the Girl Scouts and the Red Cross pay to use the house, but rental revenue does not begin to cover the maintenance costs.
The renovations are setting the taxpayers back about a quarter of a million dollars in addition to the $14,000 that the state usually chips in to cover operating costs.
I know the real estate market is still down, but I bet 18 acres near the mountains would fetch the state a few dollars, not to mention eliminate the ongoing burden of annual operating and upkeep costs.
Remember this when you hear politicians crying that the state government has been “cut to the bone.”