By DAN GUZEWICH Staff writer
County legislators are being asked to approve a $50.6 million budget for Mohawk Valley Community College when they meet Wednesday.
Approval is likely. The spending plan seeks no increase in the county’s annual contribution to the operating budget, keeping it the same as this year’s $7.3 million. The county share has not changed in several years.
The budget represents an increase of $357,430, or 0.71 percent, over the current spending plan to operate the Utica and Rome campuses.
No one spoke for or against the budget when it was considered at a public hearing held by the Board of Legislators’ Economic Development & Tourism Committee last month. There have been no speakers at this annual hearing in recent memory.
To support the 2012-13 budget, school trustees have set tuition for full-time students at $3,580, an increase of $100, or 2.9 percent, over what it cost for two semesters this past school year.
The credit-hour charge for part-time students also is going up, It will increase $10 to $130. This rate was last increased in the 2006-07 school year.
Besides tuition, the other two main funding sources for MVCC are the state and county.
Additionally on Wednesday, several requests to create or reinstate job titles or positions also are on the 37-item agenda for the board’s monthly meeting.
Emergency Services Director Kevin Revere wants to add the title Dispatch Officer to the county employment classification plan and to create two dispatch officer positions. The pay is $21,036 for each job.
The director says the positions are needed to handle non-emergency calls at the 911 dispatch center during peaks hours because of the increasing call volume.
Sheriff Robert M. Maciol is proposing to add the position of deputy sheriff corporal to county classification plan. He said the position will fill in periodic gaps at the supervisory level on the road patrol when there is no regularly scheduled sergeant on duty. Undersheriff Robert S. Swenszkowski said it will save money by decreasing overtime and officer-in-charge pay.
No additional staff is anticipated. An eligible road patrol deputy would be moved into the spot.
Additionally, the reinstatement of two positions in the Department of Motor Vehicles is being sought by County Clerk Sandra J. DePerno. The jobs were cut as of July 1 in the 2012 budget, and DePerno says they need to be retained so the Rome DMV office can keep up with its workload.
The clerk says her department has the money to pay for the positions for the rest of the year because of unanticipated revenue generated by increased business. The county receives a percentage of the fee for every state DMV transaction handled at the county offices in Utica and Rome.
The board meets Wednesday at 2 p.m . in the County Office Building in Utica. There is a Ways & Means Committee meeting at 11 a.m.