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PCC announces more budget cuts rather than raise taxes

06 July 2011

Pratt Community College's administration announced to the Board of Trustees late last week that additional cuts of $182,000 must be made for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

According to William Wojciechowski, president of the college, the decision came after Pratt County informed the college's administration that the County's assessed valuation fell from $129.5 million to $124.6 million, which is an estimated reduction of 1.5 mills.

Wojciechowski said he thinks it is important to reduce the college's budget, rather than pass the loss of 1.5 mills in tax funds on to the tax payers.

"These cuts jeopardize the ability to provide adequate resources to support the college mission, which is instruction and service," Wojciechowski said. "The administration agrees and supports the Board's position not to raise the mill levy, even though these latest rounds of cuts go to the heart of the college mission. While we are greatly challenged, as many higher education institutions are, our priority continues to be to provide the highest quality of education and support services to our students."

While three positions will be eliminated this time, the majority of the cuts are going to come out of program supplies, accreditations, maintenance and travel. No one area of the college will be spared.

The cuts are coming after the administration announced at the May board meeting that they would be making $367,000 in cuts. Those cuts focused on reduction of force and elimination of nine positions, which took effect June 1. This last round of reductions brings the total for the 2011-12 fiscal years to $543,000.