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University's utility costs soar

March 19, 2001

Think your winter utility bills were high? On the heels of one of the coldest winters on record, Austin Peay saw a $150,000 jump in its annual utility costs. Al Irby, assistant vice president in the business office, says utilities for ongoing construction projects have pushed campus electric, gas and water bills beyond the almost $2.1 million budgeted for the 2000-2001 fiscal year.

And the nearly completed science building will push the costs even higher, as much as $500,000 higher, according to Irby. That cost is being factored into the budget for the coming fiscal year.