Who should pay? Milwaukee County, Art Museum sparring over War Memorial cost overruns

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War Memorial Center

War Memorial Center

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A debate in Milwaukee over money. Who should pay for cost overruns on repairs for the Milwaukee County War Memorial?

The building’s heating and cooling repairs will cost more than expected — with the overrun at more than $1 million, according to the Milwaukee Business Journal.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, and the Milwaukee Art Museum are sparring over who should pay.

In a previous agreement, Milwaukee County agreed to spend $10 million through 2017, and committed to a list of repair projects to the center, which it owns. The Art Museum promised $15 million for a building addition and interior renovations to space it occupies.

The Milwaukee Business Journal reports the cost of repairing the building’s heating and air conditioning system will be at least $1.14 million more than the county agreed to pay in that previous agreement.

However, the 2013 agreement makes it clear that Milwaukee County and the Art Museum each are responsible for cost overruns on their respective segments of work — and the agreement says the heating and air conditioning system is the responsibility of the county.

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