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Opposed to college building plan

Nearly 7,000 Missoula citizens and students have signed petitions opposing the University of Montana’s plan to build a new Missoula College (former Missoula College of Technology) on its South Campus. They do not oppose building a new Missoula College facility, but there is a better location. We invite the citizens of other communities across the state to join us in recommending to their legislators:

Amend HB14 to separate the Missoula College from other institutional building projects so projects of merit will have consideration.

Reach your legislator at: http://leg.mt.gov/css/sessions/63rd/legwebmessage.asp
We oppose funding for UM’s request because:

• The current plan involves pointless destruction of open space and recreational  opportunity for present and future students and citizens

• The South Campus is the wrong location. Missoula College will serve its local constituency more effectively if located at the West Campus (Fort Missoula)

• There was no public input on any part of this location decision. It was simply announced as a ‘done deal’ without consideration of negative consequences

• The proposed cost, $47 million, is a needlessly high price for a project that could cost far less in another, preferable location.

L. Jack Lyon, Sally Peterson, Cindy Reimers, David Werner

Missoula

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