SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State University officials say a $27 million project to upgrade athletic and recreation facilities is on track to be done when students return for the fall semester.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/TYln5T ) the deadline is important. Students voted in October to tax themselves $50 per semester to help fund the construction. University President Clif Smart has said the fee won't be imposed if the athletic fields aren't finished by the time school starts in the fall.

The tax, called the Bear Tax, is expected to generate $1.6 million a year for construction.

The construction projects this summer include updates to the football stadium and field, a new track and soccer field complex, field hockey and lacrosse field and sand volleyball courts.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com