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August 23, 2013

Possible Ivy Tech move from Interstate site could require state budget review

Additional financial commitment worries Anderson leaders

ANDERSON, Ind. — Even if city and Ivy Tech Community College officials can reach an accord on an alternate location for its proposed new Anderson campus, state budget experts will want to weigh in on the change, a key state lawmaker said Thursday.

If a decision to change locations is made, “I don’t think they could proceed without going through a review,” said Republican state Sen. Luke Kenley, who chairs the powerful State Budget Committee, a bipartisan panel comprised of legislative fiscal leaders and the state budget director.

In July, the committee released $20 million Ivy Tech needs to begin construction of its proposed new 76,000-square-foot campus on 40 acres of land along 60th Street adjacent to Interstate 69.

Since early spring, city officials have been working behind the scenes to convince the college’s executive leadership to consider other locations for the new Anderson campus. Those efforts have focused primarily on the former Edgewood Plaza shopping center on Nichol Avenue, and a downtown site in the 300 block of Jackson Street.

”The approval from the budget committee was for the location as proposed,” Kenley said. “I don’t think we could move this location without another review by the budget committee,” the state budget director, possibly the Indiana Office of Management and Budget, and almost certainly the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

How extensive that review would have to be is a matter of debate.

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said on Thursday that he’s spoken with both Kenley and higher education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers about the possible relocation and came away from those conversations with the impression an extensive review would not be necessary. “They want to know that everybody would be agreeable to it.”

But state Rep. Terri Austin, D-Anderson, is worried that any delay could put the entire facility at risk. The college’s first obligation is to serve the needs of its students.

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