Members of Tech’s board of trustees voted 7-1 to increase housing and parking fees at their quarterly meeting on March 22.
Trustee Melissa Geist voted against the measure, and fellow board member Barbara Fleming asked her to explain her vote.
“I respect her opinion tremendously. I can’t understand why you would vote a no on that,” Fleming said.
Geist said she believes the board should re-examine parking fees. She said she didn’t believe the 10-year plan was a good idea because in includes continuously increasing student fees.
The board’s Audit and Business Committee recommended the increases.
The approved rates for 2018-2019 include:
- raising inner campus and residence hall parking $15 per year
- raising Tech Village parking and inner campus access $7.50 per year, and
- keeping outer campus parking at $9 per year.
The committee also proposed a 3 percent increase in rent for residence halls and Tech Village apartments.
The next board meeting is scheduled for June.