Legislators approve $51.4M MVCC budget

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The Oneida County Board of Legislators has approved a $51.4 million 2016-17 budget for Mohawk Valley Community College that will hike tuition $124 a year.

The vote Wednesday was 23-0. The spending plan, which still has to be approved by the State University of New York, represents a 0.9 percent decrease in expenditures.

The budget anticipates a 4 percent enrollment decrease. Because of the enrollment drop, state aid based on the number of students is expected to fall by nearly $170,000 next year. The spending plan calls for using about $1.5 million from the school’s financial reserves, which is approximately $1 million more than what was allocated from the fund balance this school year.

The MVCC budget calls for no increase in the county’s contribution to the school as its sponsor. The current amount is $7.7 million. However, there’s an additional $100,000 from the county for updating five computer labs on the Utica campus. Also, $125,000 in county dollars will be allocated to support the school’s Achieving the Dream initiative.

The sponsor share does not include what the county pays yearly in interest on bonds for MVCC capital projects, like the current improvements being made at the Rome campus. Typically, capital projects are funded 50-50 between the state and sponsor.

Starting Sept. 1, MVCC’s full-time tuition for two semesters will be $4,084, an increase of 3.1 percent above this past school year.

Tuition at two other Central New York community colleges will be higher next school year than at MVCC.

At Herkimer College (Herkimer County Community College), students will pay $4,270. To the west at Onondaga Community College in suburban Syracuse, tuition will be $4,570 for two semesters.

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