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October 26, 2013

Capitol repairs set

NORMAN — The Oklahoma State Capitol will start getting some long-overdue repairs.

The historic building in Oklahoma City has millions of dollars in deferred maintenance. The Long-Range Capitol Planning Commission voted this week to move forward on up to $20 million in repairs, according to a report in The Tulsa World.

The panel’s vote to move forward follows this year’s legislative session, where lawmakers turned down the idea of a bond issue to fix the building all at once and decided to fund repairs on an ongoing basis.

A portion of the state’s income tax is allocated into the Oklahoma State Capitol Building Repair and Restoration Fund. The World reports the repairs don’t require competitive bids.

About half of the approved amount will go towards repair of the building’s exterior. The Capitol’s south steps have been closed for many months as a precaution from falling chunks of limestone.

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