The Galveston College Board of Regents on Wednesday voted 6-1, with George Black opposed, to approve the proposed budget for 2011-2012.
The proposed budget includes total spending of $17,955,916, an increase of $41,335 from the 2010 budget, which included $17,914,581. However, the 2011 proposed budget includes a draw down from the college's reserve fund of $184,647.
Black said that though the tax rate would be reduced from the 2010 rate, it would be above the effective rate, resulting in an increase from approximately $8.7 million at the effective rate to approximately $9.1 million in revenues through taxes for the proposed budget.
"Under the current circumstances, we should not increase the amount of tax dollars we are taking in from our district by any number whatsoever," Black said. "Under the current market and the current situation, I believe that all government organizations need to tighten their belts and rein in any increase in taxes, and that's why I voted against it."
Black said the proposed budget, presented by College President Dr. Myles Shelton, was a reflection of recent state budget cuts.
"It is true that Dr. Shelton produced a very balanced budget, one that included reduction of programs, increase in tuition, and increase in tax dollars," Black said. "This is in reaction to the fact that we were cut nearly $2.7 million by the state."
The college board voted unanimously to approve board priorities for the coming fiscal year. The board adopted five priority statements, which include operation of the school's programs and services; a plan to recapitalize the college's Universal Access Endowment fund; creation of a new facilities master plan by 2012; creation of a new institutional master plan; and planning for re-accreditation in 2015.
The college board voted unanimously to appoint Carol Reyes and Jennifer Marriott as full-time Associate Nursing Program instructors.
The college board voted unanimously to award an annual contract for air conditioner inspection, maintenance and repair services to Gowan, Inc.
The college board voted unanimously to award an annual contract for general construction services to JW Kelso Construction Company in Galveston.
The college board voted unanimously to award an annual contract for electrical services to Crescent Electric Company in La Marque.
The college board voted unanimously to award an annual contract for plumbing services to Wade Bailey Plumbing and Heating in Galveston.
The college board voted unanimously to approve a contract with the Galveston YMCA for the YMCA to provide child care services for students who qualify under the Carl Perkins Grant Program. The college will pay the YMCA $2,800 per month for the services.
All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Regents Barbara Crews and Armin Cantini were absent. Agenda