Harmon’s has several departments that occupy all floors of a two- story building that includes a basement floor. Harmon rented this building under a long-term lease negotiated when rental rates were low. The departmental accounting system has a single account, Building Occupancy Cost, in its ledger. The types and amounts of occupancy costs recorded in this account for the current period follow.
Building rent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 400,000
Lighting expense . . . . . . . . . . . . 25,000
Cleaning expense . . . . . . . . . . . 40,000
Total occupancy cost . . . . . . . . $ 465,000
The building has 7,500 square feet on each of the upper two floors but only 5,000 square feet in the basement. In prior periods, the accounting manager merely divided the $ 465,000 occupancy cost by 20,000 square feet to find an average cost of $ 23.25 per square foot and then charged each department a building occupancy cost equal to this rate times the number of square feet that it occupies. Jordan Style manages a department that occupies 2,000 square feet of basement floor space. In discussing the departmental reports with other managers, she questions whether using the same rate per square foot for all departments makes sense because different floor space has different values. Style checked a recent real estate report of average local rental costs for similar space that shows first- floor space worth $ 40 per square foot, second-floor space worth $ 20 per square foot, and basement space worth $ 10 per square foot (excluding costs for lighting and cleaning).

1. Allocate occupancy costs to Style’s department using the current allocation method.
2. Allocate the building rent cost to Style’s department in proportion to the relative market value of the floor space. Allocate to Style’s department the lighting and cleaning costs in proportion to the square feet occupied (ignoring floor space market values). Then, compute the total occupancy cost allocated to Style’s department.
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3. Which allocation method would you prefer if you were a manager of a basement department?

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