A deepening state budget crisis could mean another $1 million cut for Shoreline Community College, sending officials back to the budget drawing board.
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President Lee Lambert set several meetings open to the campus community just prior to Thursday's state budget news. They are:
- Brown Bag: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 12:30-2 p.m., Room 1102.
- All-Campus Meeting: Friday, Dec. 10, 12:30-2 p.m., PUB Main Dining
“The news we heard today could significantly change the plans we made earlier this fall,” said Shoreline President Lee Lambert. “In September, we made plans to meet the state’s mandate for a 6.3 percent cut this year and we did it without layoffs. This new target could change things.”
Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, announced that revenue projections for the state continue to fall. Numbers from the state Office of Financial Management indicate revenue for the year ending June 30, 2011 will $385 million lower than anticipated. The new projection pushes the deficit for the next biennium from $4.5 billion to $5.7 billion.
Gregoire said that new numbers translate to about another 4.6 percent cut for this year on top of the 6.3 percent she ordered in September. However, because the 6.3 percent reduction order was at the limit of the Governor’s authority, Gregoire needs the Legislature’s help to do any more. She has asked lawmakers to bring budget-reduction ideas to her by Nov. 29.
“Quite frankly we can’t cut any deeper without ending significant programs,” Gregoire wrote in her message. “Extremely difficult choices must be made and given this sharp revenue decline, they must be made now.”
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has not yet given colleges specific targets, but Shoreline Vice President of Administrative Services Daryl Campbell said an early estimate based on previous reductions would be about $1 million.
“At 6.3 percent, our share was $1.363 million,” Campbell said on Thursday. “Another 4.6 percent would be just a little more than $1 million.”
Campbell said the 6.3 percent plan was a combination of cuts to goods and services amounting to around $1 million and then using one-time funding sources to get the rest of the way.
Where the next million dollars will come from will be discussed by President Lambert and his senior executive team on Monday.
Campbell said the Budget & Strategic Planning Committee had just Wednesday finished a recommended blueprint for a budgeting process and timeline. “I think it’s still a good proposal, but these new cuts change everything,” Campbell said. "We'll just have to talk about what we do next."