Virginia state museum braces for big budget hit

Interior view at Virginia Museum of Natural History

Interior view at Virginia Museum of Natural History

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) – An official says the Virginia Museum of Natural History is going to see the price of state support for its computer systems go up nearly 66 percent.

Executive Director Joe Keiper says the Virginia Information Technologies Agency has told the museum it has to pay the full cost of services.

Museum spokesman Ryan Barber says that’s expected to be nearly $295,000 in fiscal year 2011. In fiscal 2010, the museum paid almost $178,000.

Keiper says full technology costs have never been included in the museum’s budget.

Sam Nixon, chief information officer in the Office of the Secretary of Technology, says the state is realigning rates to make them consistent. That’s expected to up costs about 15 percent for state agencies.

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