COLUMBIA — S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has asked state agency leaders to compile a list of state-owned properties with the goal of reducing the state’s excess property and saving money.
Haley signed an executive order at a cabinet meeting Monday requiring all agencies, including state colleges and universities, to review and update a list of their property, including square footage and how many employees are housed in buildings.
“It's time to simplify the books, it's time to clean it up -- there's a lot of money held up in these assets,” said Republican Haley.
Haley said agencies that reduce unnecessary property would be rewarded by having some of the savings redirected elsewhere in their budgets.
The deadline for agencies to report to the S.C. Budget and Control Board is Dec. 15. The Budget and Control Board will offer assistance to agencies on ways they can trim their list of assets and their budgets, Haley said.
Haley said she asked the Budget and Control Board more than two years ago for a list of state-owned property.
But agency leaders said the list was so long, they needed help from state agencies in compiling it.
That was a red flag, indicating the state owns too much property, Haley said.
“When a list is so big that you can't manage it, your list is way too big for the state to be owning all those properties.”
Haley said next year’s budget negotiations may be too soon to expect savings from consolidation. But, she said, agencies that act quickly to consolidate space should be rewarded.
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