West Virginia taxpayers spent almost a million dollars on office rent, for a location that was vacant for nearly three years.
The joint committee on government accountability and transparency met at the capitol on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 to review the State Auditor’s report about the Middletown Mall in Fairmont, WV.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources continued to spend $30,000 a month for rent at the mall, for three years after the state moved out to other offices.
Rent for the vacant space totaled just under one million dollars.
Del. Linda Longstreth, (D) Marion, said, “Are we going to get this money back? Who’s responsible? Who needs to be responsible? And what do we need to do to try to recoup this money So yes I am outraged because we have a lot of wasted spending.”
“Government is big and clumsy and we are occasionally really bad at spending our money, ” said Auditor J.B. McCuskey, (R) West Virginia.
The state ended it’s lease at the mall in May of 2015 and moved out.
It is not certain why the rent payments continued through February of this year, and it is not certain right now if the state can recover any of its money.