Kansas leaders may audit statehouse renovation

TOPEKA | Kansas lawmakers will consider hiring an outside company to audit the costs of the Statehouse renovation. The Konrath Group of Kansas City contacted House Majority Leader Ray Merrick about performing an audit.

Merrick and other legislative leaders agreed Thursday to hear a presentation from the company sometime in the summer.

The 12-year renovation started in 2001. It’s expected to cost $285 million by the time the work is done.

Early estimates had put the cost to the state at somewhere between $90 million and $120 million, but legislatives leaders later expanded the project.