Gov. Pat McCrory has decided against spending up to $230,000 in taxpayer funds remodeling bathrooms in his private living quarters at North Carolina’s Executive Mansion. … A written estimate showed more than $100,000 of planned work to the master bathroom, including new marble, woodwork, bath fixtures and a ventilated water closet. —The Associated Press, Oct. 12, 2013

14,000: Number of homes in N.C. without indoor plumbing

6:Number of bathrooms in the living area of the governor’s mansion

$8,000–$15,000:Average cost to remodel or add a typical bathroom

29:Estimated number of households that could get indoor plumbing for the amount of McCrory’s renovations

$503:Average cost to install a bidet, including the fixture

$105:Average monthly cost to rent a portable toilet, serviced every week, with a built-in sink

Sources: U.S. Census,, Associated Press,