State maintenance task force considers funding solutions

Friday, October 28th 2005, 6:02 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Money woes are forcing a state maintenance and construction needs task force to look for ways to cut spending.

The group is eyeing several proposals to pay for nearly $1-billion of deferred maintenance and new construction needs at Oklahoma's state buildings.

The State Department of Central Services is responsible for providing maintenance and construction needs at most state-owned properties.

But state Representative Dale DePue of Edmond says the agency has historically been underfunded, leaving many of the state's buildings with safety concerns and outdated infrastructure.

The group is preparing a report that prioritizes state maintenance and construction needs and recommends ways to pay for maintenance and construction.