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Report: Replacing a toilet costs up to $3,000

April 29, 2010
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MADISON, WI — A new facility maintenance report from the Madison Metropolitan School District has some experiencing "sticker shock" over the high prices for seemingly simple repairs, according to the Capital Times.
According to the story, while swapping out an old toilet or fixing a leaky sink at home could cost $500 or less, such repairs in an institutional setting could run upwards of $2,000 to $3,000.
The report, which cost the Madison Metropolitan School District $298,750, specifies almost $84 million in maintenance repairs and upgrades for schools and administration buildings, focusing on plumbing, mechanicals and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as roofing and playground paving, the story stated.
James Westring, a local building contractor and former president of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation, said: "The numbers in a report like this are likely taking into account any worst-case scenarios that could come up. Such jobs could unearth other costly repairs involving lead paint, mold, asbestos or other hazardous materials that would require extra time, equipment or special handling."
Some Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education members say the prices in the report are inflated because documents like this are often used to secure funding for ongoing maintenance and repairs to district buildings, the story noted.
The 4,470-page report is tough to swallow for most, and those individuals want to know how the inspection engineers developed the seemingly high figures from their walk-through of the Madison Metropolitan School District''s facilities, the story added.
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