LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
June 11, 2007
Adopted Meeting Minutes
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 4:09
Present: Hollister, Pelleran, Smith,
Absent: Canady, Proctor, Rasmusson
Trustee Rasmusson arrived at 4:19 p.m.
Limited Public Comment Regarding Agenda Items
There was no public comment.
Fiscal Year 2008 Proposed Budget
presented to the Board the revised general operating budget
proposal for Fiscal Year 2008, totaling $119.8 million. The
budget proposal is on file with the office Board meeting
Fishers reported the following information to the Board of
$2.5 million cut in state revenue late in the College's 2007
fiscal year and uncertainty over the FY 2008 appropriation, not
yet decided by the Legislature, the College is projecting a 3.4%
or $829,290 decrease in state appropriations from the level
appropriated at the beginning of FY 2007. Property tax revenue
for FY 2008 is estimated to increase by only 3%, compared to an
increase of 3.8% in FY 2007 and 5.6% in FY 2006. With the
decline in state funding over the last few years and slower
growth in property tax revenue, the College has had to rely more
heavily than in years past on revenue from tuition and fees, a
third major source of funding for community colleges.
Throughout its 50-year history, LCC has taken steps to keep
tuition and fees affordable. Historically, LCC tuition has
ranked at or below the average tuition charged by other Michigan
community colleges. To keep a tuition increase as low as
possible, the College divisions reduced their original operating
budget requests presented to the Board in April by more than $1
million. This reduction is on top of nearly $3 million that has
been cut over the past three years. With the goal of maintaining
high quality instruction, cuts have been made in such areas as
supplies, travel, professional development, repairs and
maintenance, and by delays in filling positions, improvements in
course section management, and changes in management controls.
College leadership will continue to look at structural
cost-saving measures and revenue enhancement options as we begin
the planning process for the FY 2009 budget.
continue the quality and depth of programs offered at LCC next
year, the College's proposed FY 2008 budget includes an increase
in tuition rates as follows:
Out-of-State and International: 11.67% increase, to
budget process is always challenging for the College, and it is
never easy to propose a tuition increase. However, with the
decline in state and property tax revenue, combined with
increased labor, benefit, utility and other operational costs,
we have no option at this point if we are to meet the increasing
demands from our students and the community for quality
educational opportunities. Even with the increases, LCC remains
an excellent value for the students' educational dollar.
proposed increases, LCC's tuition in-district tuition rate
continues to be in line with State averages. To qualify as
in-district, students must have lived for six months or more
within one of the 15 schools districts where residents pay
property taxes to support LCC's budget.
budget includes a fund balance of 8.4% of total general fund
revenue. An adequate fund balance provides needed reserves to
address unexpected and/or critical needs of the College. The
fund balance enables the College to remain fiscally sound in
times when major revenue sources and expenditure needs do not
There was no public comment.
MOVED by Trustee Hollister and supported by
Trustee Smith for the meeting to adjourn.
Ayes: Hollister, Pelleran, Rasmusson,
Absent: Canady, Proctor
The meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m.