Higher Fees, Furloughs For Ccc?

November 03, 1991|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff writer

WESTMINSTER — To absorb a $412,000 loss in state aid, a committee suggests CarrollCommunity College increase tuition, registration and other fees and furlough employees for three days.

The recommendations come from the finance committee of the Baltimore County Community Colleges Boardof Trustees. The committee presents its recommendations to the entire board Nov. 13.

Revenue-generating and cost-cutting plans are being floated for each of the colleges under the board's auspices. Community colleges are grappling with a $7.5 million reduction in state aid.

That meansabout a 25 percent reduction in state aid for CCC's $5.3 million budget for fiscal 1992, said Alan D. Schuman, director of administration. State aid will fall from $1.28 million to $876,035.

In light of the cuts, the Carroll commissioners have not asked the community college to make the 2 percent budget reduction required of other county agencies.

The committee's proposal calls for CCC to increase tuition from $39 to $50 per credit hour for the winter and spring semesters. The tuition increase would raise about $187,000, Schuman said.

The recommendation comes on the heels of a $2-per-credit tuition increase approved by the community colleges board last summer.

"It's both fair and equitable to increase tuition at this amount," Schuman said. "If we don't get a tuition increase, there will be a significant reduction in access to programs."

The committee's plan also calls for a $5-per-semester registration fee and instituting a $20 registration fee for senior citizens. Those new fees would raise $20,500.

Students currently pay a one-time $10 registration fee when they initially enroll in CCC, Schuman said. Under state law, senior citizens are not required to pay tuition at community colleges. However, those colleges may charge a registration fee to cover costs associated withpaperwork, he said.

In cost-cutting measures, the committee proposed that CCC furlough, without pay, its approximately 70 full-time employees for three days this fiscal year. The measure would save the college about $27,000, Schuman said.

He said the furlough, if approved, would come during student breaks and would not affect instructional programs.

In addition, the committee has recommended a hiring freeze, travel restrictions and reductions in appropriations for temporary hiring and student employment, supplies and equipment and maintenance contracts.

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