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Legislature Adopts 2010-2011 TC3 Budget

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Legislature Adopts 2010-2011 TC3 Budget

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Following a public hearing, the Legislature, by unanimous vote adopted the 2010-2011 operating budget for Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). The $35.4 million budget holds the sponsoring community contribution from Tompkins and Cortland Counties steady at a little over $4.2 million. There is a slight increase for Tompkins County of about $43,000, since Tompkins' share of the sponsor contribution has risen from 62 to 63%, based on a funding formula that relates to a three-year average of the proportion of students enrolled from each county.

College president Dr. Carl Haynes cautioned that the budget, as presented, assumes restoration of a $285 per student in base aid, as had been approved by both Senate and Assembly, but has since been vetoed by the Governor. While the issue is not yet closed, the president characterized the situation as "challenging" and somewhat uncertain, but expressed confidence that the College can manage the outcome. Haynes reported college enrollment is currently projected to increase by 10.3% overall, compared to the conservative 4.6% enrollment increase projected in the current budget. The budget, as proposed, assumed two staff cuts by attrition; failure to restore base aid could result in reduction of four-and-a-half additional positions. President Haynes expressed confidence that, if the aid reductions stand, the budget can be managed without compromising quality, with preserving direct support for the college's "core enrollment" a top priority.

The Cortland County Legislature approved a similar budget resolution June 24.