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Budget Update #5 (July 23, 2009)

Link to Community College League of California’s website projecting the impact of budget cuts on College of Marin. http://www.ccleague.net/impact/index.html?districtid=29

Dear Colleagues:

The Big Five (Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, President Pro Tempore, and the minority leaders of both houses) achieved a compromise this week and the state continues to wait for the legislature and Governor to approve the budget.  The picture for K-12 and Community Colleges was no better than the news for CSU, UC, Health Care, City and Counties.  There is something for everyone to hate in the state budget proposal.

Nonetheless, at College of Marin, we held our own meetings to close a $688,000 Unrestricted General Fund shortfall and a state mandated cut to the Categorical Programs.  The Ad Hoc Budget Task Group met in June and July to review and discuss options for handling the cuts.  At this juncture, when the final budget is approved August 25, 2009, we will have a plan for a balanced budget, no shortfalls, and a plan for addressing the Categorical cuts proposed by the state.  This will be accomplished without deep cuts to instructional programs, layoffs of permanent staff, furloughs, or IOU’s.  Although the Ad Hoc Task Group is not a governance group, their input, feedback, and suggestions have proved helpful in determining the final recommendations to close the budget shortfalls.

Details about the final budget will be provided at the August 25, 2009, regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.  I appreciate and thank all who participated and were willing to lend their ideas, suggestions, and support to this most important effort.

Sincerely,

Frances L. White, Ph.D.
Superintendent/President

 

Budget Update #4 (June 16, 2009)
Dear Colleagues:
 
COM’s Ad Hoc Budget Task Group, comprised of IPC and Budget Committee Members, met yesterday for the first time to discuss budget cuts.  The group has been given two tasks: find ways to erase the projected Unrestricted General Fund Budget deficit of $693,494 and recommend an approach to address the Governor's proposals to decrease funding for categorical programs.
 
The two Vice Presidents presented budget details and discussed the implications that various budget cut scenarios would have on categorical programs and on the unrestricted general fund budget.  
 
Three possible scenarios were reviewed for the categorical programs, including 15 percent, 38 percent, and 59 percent cuts. Detailed information on the proposed cuts to COM’s categorical programs is available on the CCLC’s website at http://www.ccleague.net/impact/index.html?districtid=29.
 
Task group members also discussed the projected $693,494 shortfall in the college’s Unrestricted General Fund Budget, which is funded by local property tax revenue. The Ad Hoc Budget Task Group has been charged with developing planning options to help offset the deficit.  Planning options that were mentioned include: across the board cuts, prioritizing cuts, and a partial hiring moratorium among other possible measures.
 
Task group members will review the materials that they received at the meeting and reconvene next on Monday, June 22 to discuss and recommend options.
 
Sincerely,
 
Frances L. White, Ph.D.
Superintendent/President
 

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Budget Update #3 (June 10, 2009)

Dear Colleagues:

Last Tuesday, the Governor finally released the detailed documentation behind his May Revision. The community college budget included several changes from previous versions of the budget. Notably, the Governor proposed eliminating $58.3 million in enrollment growth funding and instead using these resources to reduce the projected property tax shortfall for 2009-10. In addition, another $5 million in unspent funds was redirected to fill the 2009-10 property tax shortfall, bringing the total relief to $63.3 million and leaving a projected shortfall of $53.4 million. The details of the package are as follows.

Current Year (2008-09):

  • Defer an additional $115 million in apportionment payments from fiscal year 2008-09 to fiscal year 2009-10.
  • $85 million in across-the-board cuts to categorical programs (Financial Aid Administration, CalWORKs, Foster Care Education, and Telecommunication/Technology are exempted).
  • Broad flexibility for districts to spend categorical funds to meet local needs.
  • A $42.1 million local property tax shortfall with no backfill.

Budget Year (2009-10):

  • $344.3 million in across-the-board cuts to categorical programs, a 53 percent cut. (Financial Aid Administration, Foster Care Education, and Telecommunication/Technology are exempted).
  • Flexibility, noted above.
  • Eliminate 3 percent enrollment growth, cut of $175.2 million (leaves no growth funding).
  • $120 million cut to lower the funding rate for Physical Education courses.
  • A $116.7 million local property tax shortfall with a partial backfill of $63.3 million.

College of Marin’s Ad Hoc Budget Task group comprised of members of IPC and the Budget Committee will meet on Monday, June 15 and June 22, to review various planning options to address the budget shortfall in advance of the adoption of the college’s tentative budget on June 23.

Sincerely,

Frances L. White, Ph.D.
Superintendent/President

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Budget Update #2 (June 1, 2009).

Dear Colleagues:
 
As you may have seen in the news, California’s budget situation has not improved since last week. I invited the Academic Senate and Classified Senate Presidents to make appointments to the Ad Hoc Budget Task Group. Subsequently, the senate presidents have asked their representatives from the IPC and Budget Committee to participate in the Ad Hoc Budget Task Group.  This group will meet between now and the adoption of the college’s tentative budget on June 23.
 
Today, California Community Colleges’ Chancellor Scott and the UC and CSU chancellors will testify before the committee beginning at 2:30 pm. After the three segments testify, the committee will open the floor for public comment.
 
The Community College League of California’s website has advocacy information at http://www.ccleague.net/act/budgetletter.html.
 
Governor’s proposal.
http://www.dof.ca.gov/budget/historical/2009-10/may_revision/documents/May_Revision_2009-10_General_Fund_Proposals.pdf

May revision:
http://www.dof.ca.gov/budget/historical/2009-10/may_revision/documents/2009-10_May_Revision_Updates.pdf

Frances L. White, Ph.D.
Superintendent/President

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Buget Update #1 (May 26, 2009)

Dear Colleagues:

Just as the Governor and legislature prepares to close a $21.3 billion budget gap for 2009-10, the budget news out of Sacramento seems to deteriorate further by the day. The Department of Finance (DOF) has unveiled an additional $5.5 billion in cuts and according to a recent Legislative Analyst Office (LAO) estimate the state’s financial condition has worsened by an additional $3 billion primarily due to a drop in revenues.

The Community College League of California (CCLC) has made available online the impact of the proposed state budget cuts by district: http://www.ccleague.net/impact/index.html

While we know that the problem is severe and there will be some back and forth in the legislature as the process continues into June and leading up to July 1 (the state deadline), we are preparing to work over the next weeks to bring College of Marin’s budget in line with projected cuts from both state and local revenues.

The state is proposing cuts to categorical programs at 58.8 percent.  For example, programs such as EOPS/CARE, Matriculation, DSPS, Basic Skills (to name a few) have been targeted. Details about all categorical programs included in the budget cuts can be found at the CCLC website link listed above.  Categorical programs not included in the cuts are Student Financial Aid, CalWORKS, and Telecommunications and Technology.  The CCLC is projecting a total loss of $2,068,283 million in state revenue for College of Marin.

In addition to state cuts, we learned last week that Marin County’s assessed property valuation was $1 billion less than previously estimated by the county resulting in a loss of approximately $500,000 in revenue to College of Marin.

This double dose of unavoidable bad news poses considerable challenges for us.  The District to date has been able to manage resources effectively without having to make deep cuts. However, we have to make hard choices going forward, so that we can continue to offer educational opportunities to our students and community. 

Over the next weeks, I will convene an Ad Hoc Budget Task Group to develop options that will mitigate, to the extent possible, the effects of the budget cuts now facing the District.  Budget updates will be provided by email on a weekly or biweekly basis leading up to the adoption of our Tentative Budget (June 23) and Final Budget (August 25).

Frances L. White, Ph.D.
Superintendent/President

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