College hopes economy will grow, asks $1 million rise in county aid

February 26, 1993|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Staff Writer

Last year, the Anne Arundel Community College Board of Trustees, anticipating budget cuts, asked for less state money and only a small increase in county funds.

Now, in hopes of an improved economy, the college has requested a bigger piece of the county's pie.

The board of trustees adopted a proposed operating budget Wednesday night of $33.7 million for fiscal year 1994, a 10.8 percent increase over the current year's budget.

The college is asking the state to fund $8.8 million, or 26.2 percent of the total. The county is being asked to contribute about $1 million more, an increase of 7.8 percent over last year's allotment.

The county is being asked to pay 37 percent, or $12.5 million, of the community college's proposed budget.

Last year, the community college requested a 2.8 percent increase in county funds, or $240,000.

Tuition and fees make up the remaining 36 percent of the community college's budget -- at $12 million, a 5.4 percent increase over the current year. However, tuition will not increase from its existing $54 per credit charge.

The college has instituted a $1 per credit educational services fee, which is expected to generate $192,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and offset the cost of a library automation system. The college has tried unsuccessfully to fund a library system for a number of years.

Although no cost-of-living increases were included in the proposed budget, 4 percent step increases were requested for the 70 percent of the college's employees who are eligible. The step increases total about $500,000.

The college must also pay about $1 million in Social Security costs for its faculty, a tab the state used to pick up.

The board also adopted a $4.2 million capital budget that provides for the continued development of the western end of the campus.

About $1.1 million of the capital budget will be used to finish and equip a new classroom building expected to open in spring 1994. The county had cut $2 million from the project last year.

Another $518,000 was requested to begin designing a second classroom building for the western end.

The budget will now be sent to County Executive Robert R. Neall. He, in turn, will submit a proposal to the County Council, which must approve a new spending plan by June 1.

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