IU parking lease proposal faces questions

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Indiana University leaders say they aren't certain about moving ahead with a proposal to turn over parking facilities on the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses to a private operator.

The university's Board of Trustees agreed Thursday with hiring a financial adviser to study the possibility of a 30- or 50-year lease with a private operator that could mean a multimillion-dollar payout to the school.

The Herald-Times reports some trustees and faculty representatives spoke against the proposal, questioning whether it was a good financial move.

University administrators estimate a lease could generate a $250 million payment, but IU would first have to pay off $75 million in parking construction debt.

IU President Michael McRobbie says the proposal should be considered as the school needs to creative in finding revenue.

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