Property Maintenance Costs Jump $1.5 Billion in 2010

February 20, 2012

The price tag to maintain federal real estate grew by more than $1.5 billion in 2010, according to a new government report.

To keep up nearly 3.3 billion square feet of property — about the size of Atlanta — the government paid $30.7 billion, up from $29.2 billion in 2009, the General Services Administration says in the new report, released Friday. The property count excludes some Defense Department facilities.

Maintenance costs cover utilities, cleaning, building repairs, trash disposal and groundskeeping. Maintenance of leased properties includes rent as well. 

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