LINCOLN — Although the intent is to seek private donors, Chancellor Harold Maurer has not ruled out turning to additional public sources if needed to finance a comprehensive cancer center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, a spokesman said Saturday.
Maurer appeared before the Board of Regents Friday to explain the fundraising strategy for the cancer center.
Gov. Dave Heineman raised concerns last week after announcements that the City of Omaha and Douglas County were considering contributing a combined $40 million toward the center.
Heineman maintains that his understanding was that $50 million in state money was the extent of public funds required for the project.
Maurer said the plan always has been to use a mix of public and private funds for the remaining dollars needed.
The total cost of the project is $370 million.
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