The adopted budget uses $300,000 of the college's fund balance, leaving it with $1.3 million. Basil said he is uncomfortable with continuing to dip into the surplus in order to balance the budget.
County Legislator Gary Hughes, D-Schenectady, who serves as the Legislature's liaison with the board of trustees, said the Legislature has not yet discussed the increase.
"It's certainly in the college's purview to ask," said Hughes.
Hughes, though, compared the county's own economy with that of the college. He said that like SCCC, the county's surplus is diminishing because the state has increased mandates without increasing its funding in Schenectady County.
Hughes said that as a trustee, he supports the increase, but he said he could not speak for the entire County Legislature.
The tuition increase comes at a time when SCCC's admissions numbers are increasing. According to Basil, applications for the fall term increased by 16 percent this year to 1,673. Part-time applications also increased by 5 percent to 230.""