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Final budget proposal goes before GRCC board of trustees

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By Sean P. Mulhall

The Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees will be presented a final budget proposal today in room 108 of Sneden Hall at 4:15 p.m. The board will vote to approve or deny the budget two weeks from today.

This may be the last chance that students, staff and members of the community have to voice their opinion on a budget that will cut funding for programs like the Diversity Lecture Series and Actors’ Theatre.

Dropping enrollment numbers among other things has left GRCC with a deficit of $3.3 million and in order to fix that deficit cuts will be necessary. While working on the budget, the finance department has focused on student need above all else.

Actors’ Theatre receives outside funding, and has voluntarily cut its own budget of $19,000. The finance department has decided to encourage programs with outside funding to become more “self-sustaining” in the future. Nine out of a total of 25 programs on the schedule of transfers will continue to receive funding. Of those nine programs only the Collegiate and Student Activities will receive a smaller budget than in years past. Student Activities will be cut by $1,000 and the Collegiate’s budget will be cut by $17,000.

This meeting is open to the public.