Elizabethtown Neither Essex or Clinton County will have to pick up the tab for a 3.3 percent increase to the North Country Community College budget.
School President Dr. Steven Tyrell and Vice President for Financial Operations Bill Chapin presented the 2012-13 college budget to members of the Finance, Tax Reduction and Mandate Relief Committee July 16. While the budget calls for the increase in expenditures to $13,630,00, both counties will be asked to contribute $1,190,000 to the school, the same amount they put into the 2011-12 budget.
“I think that we were all very pleased to hear that you were not asking for an increase,” Finance chairman Tom Scozzafava of Moriah said.
“We appreciate you coming to us with a budget that does not include an increase for the county,” Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston added.
“We are requesting the same dollar amount from Essex County that we received last year,” Chapin said. “We are very appreciative of the support that we receive from Essex County and the importance of that funding.”
Chapin also said that the school has been able to keep the tuition rate for Essex and Franklin County residents flat at $3,900 annually.
Scozzafava said that the public hearing on the NCCC budget in Essex County would be held July 30, at 9:45 a.m.
Dr. Tyrell pointed out the successes of the college that has them rated by one publication as the top community college in New York and 22nd in the nation.
“Our sponsors, as well as the quality of faculty and staff that we have on our campus, contribute to that,” Tyrell said. “They are very effective in helping the students gain the confidence to get through an associates degree or certificate program.”
Tyrell also said that the school works with students to help them give back to the counties that help fund their education.