County OKs SCCC’s budget

Farley casts sole vote of dissent citing Center City move

— “Everybody wins here. Lets not micromanage it. Lets not put this into the realm of obstructionist politics,” said Legislator Brian Gordon, D-Niskayuna. “Lets do the right thing for the college, for the students and for the county.”

Farley said he thinks the Center City movement will be more of a benefit for downtown Schenectady than the students. As previously stated, he said it will be an inconvenience for the students and will create scheduling problems when students are signing up for classes.

“I’m not going to be supporting (the budget). I may be the only one, but I got to make a stand for the students,” said Farley. “We have a community college that is supposed to exist for the benefit of educating our students. I don’t think this helps us educate them, we’ll see.”

Farley also said it is the legislature’s duty to ask questions about the budget and to raise any concerns. Just going along with whatever the college proposes for their budget, he said, isn’t the right thing to do.

The increased budget doesn’t ask for a greater contribution from the county, because the county’s contribution for operating expenses will remain at nearly $2.1 million. The college is increasing its fund balance usage by $43,417 and totals $267,308. If all of the appropriated fund balance were used during the upcoming school year the college’s fund balance would be at approximately $4.1 million or 15 percent of the 2011-12 budget.

Student enrollment is expected to increase by 3 percent in the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters, said Bullock, with an increase of 10 percent in the summer of 2012. The tuition for a full-time student (at least 12 credits) will cost $1,692 each semester in the upcoming school year, along with part-time students paying $141 per credit.

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