Columbia, SC (WLTX) - State agencies will have about two months to compile and submit information on state owned buildings.
Governor Nikki Haley issued an executive order on the matter Monday morning.
According to a news release from Haley's office, the order requires agencies to become compliant with a law that is already on the books, mandating an annual inventory of real estate.
Haley brought up the topic at a September Budget and Control Board meeting, saying she requested the information when she first took office and still had not received it.
"If we don't have a purpose for the property, we don't need the property and when you look at all the money that's being spent in leases, why are we not in our own state owned property as opposed to leased properties," said Haley.
With help from the Budget and Control Board, the agencies will have to submit a list of land, buildings and structures they own or lease. They will also provided other information about the properties like the address, number of employees who work there, square footage, date of construction, the name of facility and other details.
The Budget and Control Board says it has hired some student employees to help gather the information. Director Marcia Adams says the new data will help the state realize its true maintenance and operation costs as well.
Haley says the inventory will allow for consolidations and potential savings.
"The taxpayers don't want their money tied up in this property, I know that and what we need to do is to do right by the taxpayers, just for best practices purposes and a good business plan going forward for the state, we need to release this property it's not necessary, it's not needed," said Haley.
According to Haley, the state Department of Health and Human Services was able to save the state about $10 million dollars over 10 years by cutting its office square footage by 27,000 square feet. She is looking for more examples like that to come from the inventory.
"There are many success stories waiting to happen but we have to encourage these agencies to do that," said Haley.
The agencies have until December 15 to submit inventory information to the Division of General Services and the Budget and Control Board.