Arkansas Colleges Push $250 Million Bond for Renovating, Building

OCTOBER 31, 2006 - Posted at 3:57 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) -Supporters of a proposed $250 million dollar bond issue to pay for construction projects at Arkansas colleges and universities say tuition rates will have to climb if voters don't approve the bond issue next Tuesday. They say if the measure fails, there will still be the need to renovate and build new classrooms at Arkansas' three dozen institutions of higher education.

Arkansans rejected the bond issue proposal last December when an unpopular highway measure also was turned down. This time, supporters have mounted a 400-thousand dollar campaign to promote the higher education bond. Also, the measure faces no organized opposition.

Meanwhile, here's a look at how Region 8 schools would benefit from the proposed bond package...

-Arkansas State University (Jonesboro) - $9 million

-Arkansas Northeastern College (Blytheville) - $2.2 million

-ASU-Beebe - $3 million

-ASU-Mountain Home - $2.2 million

-ASU-Newport  - $1.6 million

-Black River Technical College (Pocahontas & Paragould) - $2.22 million

-East Arkansas Community College (Forrest City) - $2.2 million

-Mid-South Community College (West Memphis) - $1.35 million

-Ozarka College (Melbourne) - $1.1 million

-UACC-Batesville - $1.9 million.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)