Supervisor ARGOTSINGER offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING A PERMANENT FUNDING FLOOR FOR COMMUNITY
COLLEGE BASE STATE AID COMMENCING WITH FISCAL YEAR 2020

WHEREAS, Community Colleges serve as economic engines that provide a trained workforce and educated citizenry for the State of New York and local communities in which they are located; and

WHEREAS, Community Colleges are anchor institutions that help keep their communities strong and vibrant by serving as major employers, community hubs, and social centers; and

WHEREAS, Community Colleges serve nearly half of all undergraduates enrolled in the SUNY system along with nearly as many life-long learners through non-credit classes; and

WHEREAS, a level of predictability in State funding is essential to provide community colleges the ability to plan and budget accordingly and recognizes each college’s annual fixed costs; and

WHEREAS, in fiscal year 2019, there was a step in the right direction to increase State full-time equivalent (FTE) aid by creating a “funding floor” for Community College State Aid at 98 percent; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors supports the proposal that New York State change the base state aid formula allocation for each community college to be permanently set at 100 percent of the previous year or $100.00 increase per FTE, whichever is greater; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, FMCC, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator James Tedisco, Assemblyman Robert Smullen, SUNY Board of Trustees, Budget Director/County Auditor and Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.

Seconded by Supervisor CALLERY and adopted by the following vote:
Total: Ayes: 19 Nays: 0 Absent: 1 (Supervisor Howard)

 

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