Border housing sore subject for Arizona town

AP News
Posted: Sep 12, 2014 6:21 PM

AJO, Ariz. (AP) — Some people here call it Sesame Street. Others call it Legoland.

Residents in the small former mining town of Ajo are describing the boxy-shaped, brightly colored houses built by the government for customs and border agents who work in and around the town.

A new report by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection overspent by about $4.6 million on new houses and mobile homes. Investigators say the government spent nearly $700,000 per house in a city where the average home costs less than $90,000.

Ajo residents say there were plenty of good homes to choose from and the government didn't need to spend millions on new ones way above the market rate.