Are municipal governments being fleeced by contractors on public projects? Why are U.S. construction costs soaring? Why do even simple projects seem to come in over budget and late?

The League City council agreed Tuesday to create a subcommittee to answer at least one of those questions — why public projects in their city are so expensive. Although their quest is noble, they’ll likely find the answers confounding, complicated and, in some cases, beyond their control. Great minds across the nation have in recent years tried to answer the questions — but without much success.

 Laura Elder: 409-683-5248;

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Chuck DiFalco

The answer, eliminating red tape, was in the GCDN earlier this month:

"I worked for a governmental entity in public construction for almost 19 years. The answer is always the same and hasn't changed. When the economy is good (like now) the contractors prefer to do private work with less bureaucracy. They only bid public work at high prices" --Allan Scott

Michelle Aycoth

Sometimes it’s much cheaper to do things in-house.

League City should explore this option. With all the projects going on and how fast the city is growing it may make sense.

Andy Aycoth

Don Schlessinger

Very interesting article Laura, thank you. As I read it our 45th Street project came to mind.

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