State says Lee statue removal cost over $2 million

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Department of General Services reported that Virginia spent over $2.17 million to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from Monument Avenue in Richmond, which is more than double what was originally approved for the project.

Documents from the Department of General Services show the total cost of removing the statue from Monument Avenue was $2,170.758.62. Earlier this week, Governor Ralph Northam’s office told 8News the General Assembly approved $1.1 million for the project.

According to a spokesperson with the Department of General Services, they had been adjusting costs over the last year as the department worked to determine what all was needed in order to remove the statue. The spokesperson explained that they determined the project would require more security and law enforcement to keep everyone involved safe.

Any additional costs beyond the initial $1.1 million were funded by the Commonwealth’s operational budget.

Here is a breakdown of the cost for the project:

Breakdown of how much the state spent

The company contracted to move Richmond’s Confederate statues for $1.8 million was NAH, LLC. This choice came under scrutiny last year after Richmond City Councilwoman Kim Gray pointed out that the company is linked to one of Stoney’s political contributors, Devon Henry. NAH, LLC. is a shell company created by the firm Team Henry Enterprises, LLC.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring investigated the contract to remove the statute, but ultimately found no criminal intent with the situation.

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