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State spends $80k on renovations for Gov. Rick Scott's office




A little more than halfway through Gov. Rick Scott's first year in office, the state has spent $79,805.69 to expand his chief of staff's office and paint walls and replace carpet elsewhere in the first floor executive suites.

Asked about spending money on renovations while the state budget is being cut, Scott said, "It's a normal process they go through where DMS does this."

"They're really the landlord," Scott told the Times/Herald, referring to the Department of Management Services. "They do this every 10 years. They do new paint and carpet."

Jack Miles, the head of DMS, said his department encouraged the governor's office to paint and re-carpet in way that would "ensure uniformity and cost-effectiveness." Miles didn't mention a ten-year cycle, but did say the generally accepted replacement schedule for "commercial carpet" is seven years.

"The carpet in the governor's office received above average foot traffic and the carpet seams were in a frayed and worn condition, which would soon have become a tripping hazard," Miles said in a letter to the Times/Herald.

Neither Miles nor Scott offered an explanation for expansion of the new chief of staff's office, which cost $11,063.95.

The governor's office did provide other context, though. Included in a public records request for renovation bills were 42 pictures (like the ones above) of stains on the carpet, around toilets and on the wall.

They offered estimates of the renovations during Gov. Jeb Bush's term, which totaled $157,500.

Scott's team also provided a list of some various renovations and improvements made in the offices of their fellow Republicans on the first floor of the Capitol as well as in the Legislature.

According to the list, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putman's office this year received $108,604 in renovations, including $85,973 in new carpet. Offices for the Republican-controlled Legislature received $200,000 in new carpet.

--Times/Herald Janet Zink contributed to this report.

[Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2011 4:12pm]


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