CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB) -- Despite UTC's disappointing 5-6 football season this past fall that resulted in lower attendance at Finley Stadium, the Stadium Corp. has $38,000 more in surplus compared to this time last year.

A mild winter has caused a sizable reduction in utility expenses, and both Stadium Corp. chairman Bryan Patten and executive director Merrill Eckstein believe a balanced budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year is still possible.

The Stadium Corp. no longer receives $60,000 from the city, so there is still $22,000 that needs to be trimmed from now until June 30.

"It's shaping up to be a stable, solid year," board member Gordon Davenport said. "It's the kiss of death to start talking that way, but no drama is good."

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