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Archive for Thursday, January 18, 2007

Community colleges have $150M in repairs

Bill for deferred maintenance at public universities was already at $727 million

January 18, 2007

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— Kansas community colleges want to be taken care of too when it comes to paying for a backlog of repairs and maintenance.

Eighteen of the 19 community colleges on Wednesday gave the Legislature a bill for $149.5 million.

That's on top of the $727 million price tag for repairs at the six public universities, including Kansas University.

After regents universities put together a list of repairs, lawmakers had asked community colleges to assess their needs.

The new study now brings deferred maintenance costs to $876.5 million and growing.

Of the needed repairs at the community colleges, "Some should have been done yesterday, and some can be done tomorrow," said Sheila Frahm, executive director of the Kansas Association of Community Colleges.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and legislators have declared the backlog of repairs a major priority during the current legislative session.

Sebelius said she will have a proposal to address the issue by the end of this month. Senators have formed a task force to make a recommendation, too.

Frahm said the one institution not included in the community colleges' report was Johnson County Community College, which is conducting its own study.

Comments

SettingTheRecordStraight 7 years, 11 months ago

Why didn't the colleges bring their $1 billion problem to the legislature last year when it was debating school finance issues?

Maybe then taxpayers would have more clearly seen just how incredibly expensive it is to subsidize every aspect of other people's education.

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