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Cost of campus parking likely to rise in Fall 2003

May 13, 2003

Austin Peay has asked the Tennessee Board of Regents for permission to increase the cost of parking decals from $15 to $25 beginning with the Fall 2003 semester.

Chief of Police Eric Provost says that, despite the timing, the request was not in response to budget reductions. "The increase was proposed last fall before any discussion of a pending budget crisis," he says, "when it was determined that the costs of maintaining roads and parking had far outpaced the revenue we receive for that purpose."
May 13, 2003

Austin Peay has asked the Tennessee Board of Regents for permission to increase the cost of parking decals from $15 to $25 beginning with the Fall 2003 semester.

Chief of Police Eric Provost says that, despite the timing, the request was not in response to budget reductions. "The increase was proposed last fall before any discussion of a pending budget crisis," he says, "when it was determined that the costs of maintaining roads and parking had far outpaced the revenue we receive for that purpose."

The recommendation for the increase was the result of a review of APSU policies and regulations by a committee chaired by the vice president for student affairs and comprised of students, faculty and staff. All unanimously recommended the increase. Input also was sought from students via an open forum last fall to ask questions or voice concerns about the recommendation.

The need for additional commuter parking is apparent, Provost says, and attempting to create new parking without a new source of revenue could result in funding being pulled from other projects aimed at improving facilities and student quality of life.

The increase is viewed by many as long overdue. The University has had no increase in parking-decal costs in 10 years. And even with the increase, the cost of parking at Austin Peay is a bargain.

"A survey of other TBR and other universities shows one charging over $300 per year," Provost says. "The lowest fee we found$40was at Murray Statewhere, incidentally, all freshmen are required to use a satellite parking lot."

Most schools charge $50-60 per year, he adds. "Bottom line: The proposed $10 increase still brings us to about half of what most university community members pay."

New policies will eliminate the need to purchase second decals. "This fall, we will be registering drivers, not cars," Provost says. "A hanging decal can be used on any vehicle a registered driver chooses to operate."

If someone forgets to transfer a decal to the car he or she has on campus, campus police can issue a temporary decal. The decals will be available at the Shasteen building.

But, Provost cautions, "only under extraordinary circumstances will we issue a second decal." Requests and justification for a second decal must be in writing to the director of public safety. If the request is approved, the cost for a second decal is $25.

Provost says that although finding a place to park is a challenge for students on occasion, it's still far easier than on most campuses. "Everything is relative. For some students transferring from, or familiar with, other colleges, they can't believe the ease of parking at APSU. There are enough spaces on campus and surrounding roads to accommodate us all."