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Capitol renovations come in near budget

BOISE – The final price tag for the Idaho Capitol renovation and expansion will come in at about $120.4 million.

That’s just over the original $120 million estimate, but $2.1 million less than the expanded $122.5 million budget.

It had been adjusted in July 2008 to accommodate problems including rotten concrete and paint problems, as well as rising materials prices.

Revenue from cigarette taxes is paying for the work.

Gov. Butch Otter said that getting the work done close to its budget shows how well Idaho manages its finances.

Legislators moved in for the 2010 session, but work on several remaining items has continued. Still to be installed are street lights around the Capitol block.

The project included restoring the original Capitol and the addition of two underground wings on the western and eastern sides of the building.