Report: Almost $439,000 spent on Ohio gov's mansion

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich doesn't live at the state's official governor's residence, though taxpayers paid to fix the mansion's roof and to keep cable running at the home this year.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that $438,720 was spent in 2011 to staff, maintain and repair the mansion in Bexley, just outside of Columbus.

Kasich and his family have chosen to stay at their home in nearby Westerville. The state provides security for that home at an undisclosed cost.

The family has used the official governor's residence occasional stays and meetings.

The newspaper reports Ohio spent $448,177 for former Gov. Ted Strickland to live at the mansion in his first year in office in 2007, a sum the Kasich administration says would be $488,968 today if adjusted for inflation.

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