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Vigo Co. CIB asks State Budget committee to delay Hulman Center vote

Six members of the Vigo County Capital Improvement Board (CIB) signed a letter sent to Luke Kenley, the former chairman of the State Budget Committee.

Posted: Sep. 29, 2017 3:03 AM
Updated: Sep. 29, 2017 3:03 AM
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Six members of the Vigo County Capital Improvement Board (CIB) signed a letter sent to Luke Kenley, the former chairman of the State Budget Committee.

The letter also addresses current members of the committee, now chaired by Senator Ryan Mishler.

The letter asks the committee to delay a vote on Indiana State University's request for the Hulman Center. That request is to use $50 million towards its renovation. This money includes a $37.5 million state appropriation.

That was to go towards a combined Hulman Center renovation and convention center project.

ISU President Daniel Bradley chose to move the project towards solely renovating Hulman Center last month. Bradley cited "financial constraints" on the City of Terre Haute and Vigo County as reasons for moving this project in a different direction. 

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has already approved ISU's proposed use of the state appropriation.

In the letter, CIB members claim "there's been a great amount of misinformation coming from our partner," concerning this project. Those members also say they have named funding sources to help meet the obligations of the city and county. The letter goes on to name specific funding sources.

The CIB asked for a 90 day delay on the Hulman Center vote to afford it "an opportunity to regroup and help advance the community project."

We'll monitor future agendas posted by the State Budget Committee. If the Hulman Center project appears on one, we'll let you know.

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