SPOKANE, Wash. — The state has paid $2.6 million to settle a dispute involving a new computer system at community colleges in Spokane and Tacoma.

Originally estimated to cost $100 million, the system is several years behind schedule and at least $10 million over budget.

The Spokesman-Review reports the system is supposed to be installed in all the state’s community colleges. But that has been halted until problems in Spokane and Tacoma are worked out.

The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges last year withheld some payments, arguing work in the contract was either not done or not up to standard. Ciber Inc. of Colorado filed for bankruptcy in April and then sued the state.

Under the settlement, the state paid the company $2.6 million, not the $13 million it requested.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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