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Letter: Cost overrun for road signs is reckless

The controversial blue New York State tourism signs

The controversial blue New York State tourism signs on the Meadowbrook Parkway on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Freeport. Credit: Howard Schnapp

In “Road signs cost NY $6.3M more” [News, Feb. 17], the cost of the state road signs went from $1.76 million to $8.1 million. This is roughly $6.3 million more than originally estimated, or more than 4.6 times the original cost.

Can you imagine hiring a contractor to do work at your home or business, and that contractor coming back to you and saying the real cost is going to be 4.6 times the original stated cost? It wouldn’t happen in our household.

Why is it that our state government can spend our tax dollars with such reckless abandon? This state road-sign program should never have been started.

Stewart McMullan, Wading River