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