BATAVIA – Genesee Community College is seeking an additional $100,000 from its county sponsor to meet its budget for the 2013-2014 academic year. The plan was presented Wednesday at the county Legislature’s regular meeting.
The Legislature will hold a public hearing and vote on the request as part of the agenda at its June 14 meeting.
The spending plan was outlined by GCC President James M. Sunser, who acknowledged that the increase pushes the county’s share past the $2 million mark for the first time. The county’s longtime share had been at $1.9 million; it remains about 5 percent of the college budget and is among the lowest subsidies of the state’s thirty community colleges.
The budget includes a second annual $75 increase in tuition per semester, pushing the yearly cost to $3,700. Sunser stated that this too is among the lowest in the state.
While most colleges are struggling with declining enrollment, GCC expects a slight increase in the coming academic year because of new programs. .
The legislators also:
• Set a public hearing for June 14 on a proposal to license pawn shops and scrap dealers. The local law would help track stolen goods. The regulations would apply to about 10 businesses in the county.
• Approved a $160,000 contract with Darien Lake Amusement Park for added sheriff’s patrols during concerts. The performing arts center pays for the added police.
• Renewed contracts with the villages of Oakfield and Bergen for sheriff’s patrols this year. Each village will pay $430,000 for the coverage.