The Legislature's override last week of Gov. Norm Bangerter's veto of planning money for state buildings restored $50,000 for a special-events center and physical education facility at Utah Valley Community College.
But that doesn't necessarily mean the college has the dollars in hand.The money was part of $592,000 in planning money for many projects. Bangerter, who was not pleased with the override, has the power to save money, shift it within programs or use it on building repairs and maintenance. Bud Scruggs, Bangerter's chief of staff, said his boss may do that.
"I do not take the comments he has made to include the UVCC building specifically," said Rep. Byron Harward, R-Provo.
The governor last month vetoed planning money in an $11 million appropriation for state buildings, saying there is already two years and $175 million worth of projects on the drawing board. The appropriations bill was approved by the Legislature in the general session that ended in February. The Legislature overrode the veto, restoring the planning money, in a special session last week.
Local legislators aren't concerned that Bangerter may direct the UVCC planning money elsewhere. Bangerter assured college officials and legislators that the money will be available to begin designing the $17.7 million facility. A voter-approved Utah County bond will supply $7.7 million, and the state is to put up the rest.
"There's no way in the world he's going to pull our planning money," said Sen. Craig Peterson, R-Orem.
And even if Bangerter elects to redirect the money, the college has an insurance policy. The money could come through the state Division of Facilities Construction and Management, which would design the building regardless of where the money comes from.
"We pretty well made sure we'll be able to get that money," Peterson said.
Harward said he doesn't know when the state's $10 million share will be appropriated by the 1992 or 1993 legislature.
College officials are hoping to break ground in fall 1992. Both Har-ward and Peterson say that's a little optimistic.
"These kinds of things are not immediate processes," Harward said.