Okla. Governor: Bonds Could Fund Capitol Repairs
Improvements to the aging building would cost an estimated $130 million.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says that funding for repairs to the nearly 100-year-old Captiol building "is one of those items that should be on a potential bond-issue list," The Oklahoman reports.
The building has been covered with scaffolding and surrounding by fencing since an engineering firm found damage to the building's exterior limestone panels. The needed repairs to the structure could cost $130 million.
Fallin's proposal seems to be getting support. “Clearly we've got obligations in the state that we have to take care of such as taking care of this building where people can come visit their seat of government without fear that part of the building is going to fall on their heads," Sen. Clark Jolley, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, told the newspaper.
The list of projects that have been discussed as possible bond candidates is nearly $1 billion, but legislators have been reluctant to issue bonds in recent years.