Overall costs on a parking garage financed with municipal bonds in Washington, N.J., have ballooned nearly five times from original estimates to $2.7 million, according to a state-level audit of the borough.

New Jersey Comptroller Matthew Boxer yesterday announced that poor fiscal management enabled costs on the project to reach $2.7 million from 1998 estimates of $568,311. The garage will serve the borough's Department of Public Works.

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