WARNER ROBINS -- Houston County gave the state a building Tuesday night.
The Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to turn the Division of Family and Children Services building over to the state.
Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said the county took out a loan to construct the building and began leasing it to the state. The lease payment has been used to make the loan payment on the building, and the county has continued to maintain it.
However, after 20 years the loan has now been paid off, so the county has no reason to retain ownership, Stalnaker said. By turning it over to the state, the county will no longer have to maintain it.
The county did not feel like we needed to be in the leasing business, particularly for another agency, Stalnaker said. Weve got a lot of buildings and square footage to take care of without having to take care of one for another agency.
The DFCS building is on 4.8 acres of property.
Stalnaker said DFCS staff wanted the county to keep it because staff members were concerned whether the state would respond to maintenance issues as quickly as the county. However, he said the state contracts with various companies to do maintenance, and one would be dispatched whenever maintenance work needed to be done.
Gov. Nathan Deal has called a meeting of the State Property Commission Board next month to officially transfer the building and property to the state.
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