US President Joe Biden faced criticism on Friday after a revelation that the cost to taxpayers of constructing a security fence around his Delaware home had ballooned to nearly $500,000.
The fence was originally scheduled to be finished last year but reportedly will not be completed until spring 2023 and has overrun its previous budget by $35,000, the New York Post reported.
The Department of Homeland Security originally set aside $456,548 in September 2021 for a Delaware construction firm, Turnstone Holdings LLC, to buy and install a security fence around the president’s home in Rehoboth Beach, according to a report by USAspending.gov.
The site added that in November 2021, $6,844 was added to the project’s budget for crane services and to install three six-by-six gravel pads.
On June 8, $26,933 was added to the budget with the funds described as “additional work (new agreement, justification required).”
The current cost of the project is now $490, 324.
The fence was supposed to have been installed by December 31, 2021. But the project is still ongoing, with a new completion date of June 6, 2023, a year and a half behind schedule.
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