Property maintenance costs rise $1.5 billion in 2010

Maintenance costs for federal buildings, including the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, include landscaping. Maintenance costs for federal buildings, including the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, include landscaping. Flickr user sbc9

The cost to maintain government property increased more than $1.5 billion in 2010, the Federal Times reported.

According to a General Services Administration report released Friday, the government paid $30.7 billion in 2010 to maintain its roughly 3.3 billion square feet of property, an increase from $29.2 billion in 2009.The report excluded several Defense Department buildings.

Meanwhile, the cost to maintain excess and underutilized properties actually decreased from $1.8 billion in 2009 to $1.6 billion in 2010.

Maintenance costs covered utilities, cleaning, repairs, grounds-keeping and rent for leased properties. Overall, $5.30 per square foot was spent to operate government-owned space, while the cost to operate leased space increased from $12.80 to $15 between 2009 and 2010.

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