HCC OKs operating budget planning to spend 1.8% more

The Harford Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a plan Tuesday evening to spend $47,019,736 in the 2013-14 fiscal year, an increase in spending of $829,448, or 1.8 percent, over the current fiscal year.

The proposed operating includes a much-reported increase to $92 per credit hour tuition and a 4 percent increase in funding from the county government.

"This is a truncated, abbreviated version of what you've seen for the past few months," Fredrick P. Johnson, HCC's vice president for finance and operations, told the trustees at their monthly meeting.

The most significant change is the increased funding being sought from the county. The preliminary Fiscal Year 2013-14 budget seeks $15,560,076 from the county, an increase of $598,464 from the current year's $14,961,612, according to budget sheets distributed at the trustees meeting.

"This is what we're asking for in help with the health insurance premium increase," Johnson said.

"Even though we are asking for an increase," HCC President Dennis Golladay, told the trustees, "it will not take us back to the same level as 2009."

Johnson agreed and defended the budget plan.

"This is a good solid budget," he said. "It's prudent."

It calls for increases of 3.36 percent in instruction, 1.9 percent in academic support, 3.91 percent in student services, 3.72 percent in institutional support and 5.86 percent in maintenance and operations. The only proposed spending decrease is in "non-mandatory transfers," which is scheduled to go to $1,637,421 from its current $2,248,415.

The budget anticipates state funding remaining unchanged at $9,990,806 with revenue increases of 4.09 percent in tuition and fees from $17,467,429 to $18,181,704 because of the tuition increase to $92 per credit hour for in-county students. The tuition increase will generate $714,275. The rest of the revenue is being sought from the Harford County government in a process that began with a meeting Thursday between HCC and county officials.

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