Arizona Interscholastic Association raises fees to reduce shortfall

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Addressing a half-million-dollar shortfall from 2012-13, the state's high-school sports governing body has unveiled a series of fees that has surprised school administrators and, in some cases, drawn their ire.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association, citing a budget shortfall of $519,000 in the most recent fiscal year, unveiled the new charges for the coming school year in a memo it sent to its 272 member schools June 11.

The new structure, which took effect Tuesday, is the AIA Executive Board's response to rapidly rising costs, particularly those associated with maintaining its stable of game officials and running annual state-championship tournaments.

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