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Apr 1, 2010 2:28 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Ads could help pay for capitol repairs

State lawmakers are considering selling ads to pay for repairs to the Colorado Capitol. A bill presented Thursday to the Capitol Development Committee would allow a nonprofit preservation group to sell space on curtains surrounding repair work on the Capitol's gilded dome.

Contributors would be allowed to use project logos to advertise their participation. The initial repairs are expected to cost about $13 million. Weather has damaged iron columns, railings and facades of the Capitol's mostly cast iron dome. The wood around windows in the dome is also rotting.

State officials say visitors are in no immediate danger, although workers did put netting around the base of the dome in 2007 after a 10-pound chunk of cast iron fell off.

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