Riptide sure hates when we forget where one of our building are. There's always a bit of panic, and then we retrace our steps trying to remember where we left it. Was it in Kendall? No, how about Hialeah? Then we call up our friends, "Hey, Do you remember where I left my building? I had it Saturday night, right? Remember, that stucco two story with the Mediterranean roof? No, I already called the club. It's not there. I hope someone didn't swipe it ...or maybe I left it in my jacket pocket ...false alarm, found it!"
Losing a single building is completely understandable, right? But 18,000 buildings? How could any one lose track of 18,000 buildings? Well, the Florida Government has done just that, and has no idea how much it will cost to track down thousands of missing taxpayer-owned buildings.
The problem came when someone realized no one had a complete list of all the tax payer owned buildings. Linda South, Secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services, knows where the 115 buildings her department is directly responsible for are, but went around asking other departments something to the effect of, "It's 10 o'clock. Do you know where your buildings are?"
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What she was able to find out is that the state owns just under 18,000 buildings, but didn't know where many of them are, if they still exist, or how much they're worth.
Her department doesn't have the manpower to track down all the buildings, and hopes to outsource the job. Problem is, she has no idea how much that will cost.