Tentative budget goes to public hearing
Utah State University’s Brigham City campus is outgrowing its home in the old Fred Meyer building on 1100 S. In fact, enrollment has increased 30 percent in the last 12 months. At the other end of the complex, Bridgerland Applied Technology College is also bursting at the seams, seeing a 16 percent increase this year.
Anticipating such a high level of growth, USU purchased the Intermountain Indian School property two years ago with plans to develop a regional campus on that acreage, similar to the campuses now in Vernal and Tooele. When the campus is ready to move, BATC will expand its own classrooms into that vacated space.
The initial building earmarked for construction will be located on the site of the old K-mart building facing Brigham City Main Street.
USU operates through funding from the state legislature, along with tuition and private donations. To ensure their financial backing to begin construction of that building, Paul Larsen, Brigham City’s Economic Development director, was at the Box Elder County Commission table seeking signatures on an interlocal agreement between the county and the city to be presented to the legislature during the next session. The agreement would make the future campus a Community Development Project Area, and promise the utilization of tax increment programs for funding the project on the local level.
While county commissioners were in favor of the agreement and want to see the project move forward, they held back on signing until the county attorney had been given a chance to review the final document.
They did, however, put their names to a Letter of Support on a Bear River Bird Refuge Watershed Conservation Area project, presented by refuge manager Bob Barrett. Barrett said the project would allow his department to work with those in the agricultural field over conservation issues.
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