Archive for Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Price for university maintenance goes up

November 15, 2006


The $584 million maintenance problem for state Regents universities has grown to $727 million, according to a new report by the Kansas Board of Regents.

"As we delay coming to grips with the problem, as we delay putting forth the resources necessary to address the problem, it gets bigger and bigger," Regents President Reggie Robinson said.

Lack of state funding has forced the state's universities to slide on their upkeep of state-owned buildings. Now there's a hefty backlog of maintenance needs on campuses throughout the state - an issue the Board of Regents is pressing lawmakers to address.

A 2004 report found the backlog would cost $584 million to address and $74 million was needed annually to adequately maintain campuses. But the new report raises the bottom line, indicating $727 million is now needed and costs for annual maintenance are $84 million.

Regents said higher construction costs and older buildings are two of the main reasons the costs have increased.


cutny 11 years, 6 months ago

Problem? What problem? Just jack up the tuition like you do every year anyway. No need to act as though there needs to be some sort of justification for it, or announce that you're experiencing some shortfall of money.

Sigmund 11 years, 6 months ago

I know lets build new buildings! They won't need maintenance for years to come!! We can give the Chancellor a raise with the money we save!!! Taxpayers have lots of money!!!!

Godot 11 years, 6 months ago

Looks like everything related to the University expenditures far exceeds the annual rate of inflation for the rest of the country.

Come on, endowment association. Start your fund raising project now.

Phillbert 11 years, 6 months ago

I love how the stories about KU's maintenance woes alternate with the stories about how the university is constructing new multi-million dollar buildings and the stories about KU's billion dollar endowment.

Talk about a mixed message.

LRT 11 years, 6 months ago

New buildings are required for grants to be awarded at the level they have been. The newest facilities on West Campus were built for this purpose. The existing buildings are the responsibility of the state to maintain and not the responsibility of KU Endowment.

Godot 11 years, 6 months ago

LRT, you do not make sense.

Try again.

Godot 11 years, 6 months ago

KU Endowment can raise money for any project it chooses to support. It is just a matter of "spin."

Go for it. Spin the renovation of a building to a new donor, promise to rename the building after the new benefactor. Be creative. You know the funds can be had. Vanity knows no bounds. Imagine a new millionaire who barely passed biology having Snow Hall renamed after him, like, "Bush (as in John) Hall."

Kansas taxpayers, stand up!!! Do not be bamboozled by the waste and excess of the current, and past, KU administrations, that have willfully neglected their responsibility to maintain the infrastructure they were given, and that they were obliged to maintain. Demand that KU fund the maintenance of its buildings without additional taxpayer support.

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