McCrory to spend $230K in taxpayer’s money to remodel mansion bathrooms

Pat McCrory

Pat McCrory

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory plans to spend up to $230,000 in taxpayer funds remodeling bathrooms in his private living quarters at North Carolina’s Executive Mansion even as he demands belt-tightening for public schools and social programs, according to a report from the Associated Press.

According to the report, planned upgrades include new marble, tubs and fixtures for six bathrooms on the upper floors of the Victorian-era home in Raleigh.

The changes were included in a long list detailing $90 million in repairs and renovations to government buildings sent to legislative leaders last week by state budget director Art Pope.

The $90 million was included in the state budget for the current fiscal year.

Following the Associated Press report, a spokeswoman for McCrory issued this statement on Saturday:

“The governor has firmly communicated to the Department of Administration that not one penny of taxpayer dollars will be used to remodel or upgrade any of the six bathrooms in the living quarters of the State of North Carolina’s executive mansion. Only a very limited amount of funds will be used to repair potential code violations, treat dangerous mold and fix broken faucets,” said Kim Genardo, Governor’s Communications Director.

Department of Administration spokesman Chris Mears said the bathrooms were last updated in the 1970s, though he confirmed the facilities are still in working order. A memo justifying the repairs lists problems that include cracked tiles, worn countertops, inadequate electrical outlets and concern there might be mold growing behind the walls.

Mears stressed that the $230,000 figure is just an estimate provided by the state construction office and the price will likely to come down after the job is put out to bid.

Kim Genardo, a spokeswoman for McCrory, said late Friday, “The governor and first lady have requested the Department of Administration do only basic maintenance at minimal cost to get the bathrooms up to code, remove dangerous mold and fix broken faucets.”

Read more: Associated Press and WTVD

9 comments

  • Marie Jones

    With not enough money for our schools to operate properly and our children are being hurt by this, I think he could consider spending less on a bathroom. I voted for him, only because he was the lesser of 2 evils but this kind of makes me think I could have been wrong.

  • Holly Graham Thompson

    why isn’t the last paragraph the first paragraph? The headlines and the first few sentances are sometimes the only thing people read. “First impressions” and all that rot. I am of an age when Jackie kennedy updated the White House and she was lauded for doing so AT TAX PAYER EXPENSE. Double standards apply in the liberal media.

    • Tim B

      Holly, this isn’t about the evil liberal media, this is about the Governor taking enough taxpayer money to pay off my mortgage TWICE, and using it to renovate BATHROOMS. If you aren’t a homeowner, please ask one the last time they renovated their bathroom if they kept it under $200k.

      • Joyce Richey

        “The governor and first lady have requested the Department of Administration do only basic maintenance at minimal cost to get the bathrooms up to code, remove dangerous mold and fix broken faucets.”

        If you would read it, you would see he only wants basic work done to REMOVE MOLD and fix faucets!!!!!! READ before making an asinine comment.

  • Lynn

    First, this article is so very slanted anti-McCrory!
    ..
    Figure is for SIX bathrooms.

    Cost will be to renovate period appropriate. Any one who has had an old house, knows it cost a fortune to keep it up.
    So an average of $38,000 per bathroom is not out of line.

    It is YOUR governor’s mansion – not McCrory ‘s personal property.

    Bathrooms will still be there when next governor moves in.

  • Tim

    As Paul Harvey put it, the rest of the story.. You have already read some of them, if you read….

    (1) Governor Easley spent $5,000,000 on the executive mansion when he was Governor, but did nothing to the bathrooms.

    (2) The bathrooms were last remodeled over 40 years ago.

    (3) The Governor has requested “only basic maintenance at minimal cost to get the bathrooms up to code, remove dangerous mold and fix broken faucets.”

    (4) The $230,000 is an estimate and the cost of the actual repairs will be less than this estimate.

    (4)The good news is that the state will spend $90 million this year on infrastructure improvements throughout the state that will mean work for a lot of North Carolinians.

  • Catherine

    The headline is indeed deceiving. Fox 8 apparently is depending on people just reading the headline and not the entire story. Shame on you, Fox 8.

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