State Budget Deficit Means College Cuts

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

August 30, 2007

Piedmont Virginia Community College found out Wednesday the exact amount of money they'll never see from the state for this coming year. Thursday, the President of PVCC and his committee sat down, crunching figures and making cuts.

$641 million, that's the Virginia budget shortfall for 2007 announced by the governor.

State agencies all across Virginia are tightening their spending for the coming year by 5 percent.

“For Piedmont Virginia Community College 5 percent of our state appropriation is right at about a half million dollars,” said Frank Friedman, PVCC President.

$500,000 cut from the usual budget, which means just $9.5 million for PVCC they'll get from the state this year.

In March the school learned of the possibility of a funding cut and the college was able to prepare ahead.

They started looking at purchases they planned to make that could be deferred until later in order to save money.

“This includes some of the things we wanted to do in terms of grounds keeping around our building, improvements to our facilities purchasing computers, purchasing equipment, laboratory instruments for our sciences,” Friedman said.

Although they planned for a decrease in state money, the shortfall could come from a more personal budget in years to come, the students.

“The state board for community colleges which sets the tuition level for all 23 community colleges, I am certain that the state board will look at our budgetary needs for next year and in all likely hood we will see perhaps a somewhat larger tuition increase,” said Friedman.

We spoke with UVa and they are looking at $11.5 million cut from state funding and that number is tentative. In coming weeks they too will sit down and decide what areas the money will be pulled from. On September 10, 2007 they will send their proposed cuts to the governor's office for approval.

Both PVCC and UVa have been told this is probably not a one time shortfall, the funding cut could continue for the next couple years.

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