No Tuition Increases In Proposed MCCCD Budget
The new budget proposal for the Maricopa County Community College District is out. The initial draft for fiscal year 2017-2018 does not include a tuition or property tax increase.
Taking a closer look at the district’s general operating fund, officials are recommending about $2.8 million in internal cuts from the year before, in part, to adjust for a reduction in student enrollment.
Gaye Murphy, vice chancellor for business services for MCCCD, explained that enrollment spiked during the recession and this reduction is more of a return to normal levels.
"We’re still about 3,000 full-time equivalent students higher than we were before the recession started, but we’re having to go back in now to make a correction for an estimate in the number of full-time equivalent students," she said.
The college system does not receive support from the state general fund, so the majority of operating costs for its 10 colleges are covered by property taxes and tuition and fees.
The district governing board has until June 20 at the latest to approve a final budget.
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