Audit: Poor Funding Means Missouri Buildings Not Maintained

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri audit says there’s a nearly $600 million backlog of deferred maintenance on state buildings because of inadequate funding.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway said Thursday that years of funding shortfalls also meant state-owned offices and other buildings have not been inspected regularly.

Galloway pointed to funding restrictions by Gov. Jay Nixon as part of the problem.

Office of Administration spokeswoman Ryan Burns says Nixon’s worked to reduce a backlog he inherited when he took office.

She also pointed to a recent bonding initiative signed by Nixon that she says will reduce the backlog by another $142 million.

The Facilities Management, Design and Construction Division under the Administration Office generally agreed with criticisms in the audit. It’s now working to inspect buildings and says it will push for more funding.