The relocation of a state agency flooded out of the Waterbury office complex is costing more than four times the original estimate.
Four-hundred employees of the Agency of Natural Resources began moving into leased space in the National Life building in Montpelier last summer. Lawmakers were told the relocation, renovations and new furniture would run about $2 million. But the cost is now over $8.6 million. The bill before lawmakers this session is about $4.5 million, because $1 million was paid out last year and about $3.5 million will be covered by National Life.
State officials say the initial estimate was more of a placeholder than a real figure."Certainly we are concerned about cost overruns as significant as ones like that. My hope is that in the future we can scrub the numbers a little more closely and we can have a better estimate when we begin rather than when we are done," said House Majority leader Rep. Shap Smith.
Officials said the project grew to include renovations of the Transportation and Commerce agencies already located in the building.
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