Community colleges add to repair costs
Topeka The cost of repairs at state higher education facilities has increased another $150 million.
The six regents universities, including Kansas University, had pegged the cost of deferred maintenance at $727 million.
But the state's 19 community colleges just completed a study to put a cost on their repair bills.
The damage: $149.5 million.
That brings the total pricetag to $876.5 million, and growing each year.
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.