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August 11, 2013

Clinton Community College submits trimmed down budget

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The college used $436,220 from that source for this year’s budget, but Jablonski said they don’t want to touch it for 2013-14.

“One of the reasons we made the reductions that we did was because we did not want to fall below that 5 percent for our fund balance,” he said.

‘GUT-WRENCHING’

Legislator Robert Butler (R-Area 6, Saranac) commended Jablonski and his staff for presenting a reasonable budget.

“You’ve made some tough, gut-wrenching decisions,” he said.

Legislator Mark Dame (R-Area 8, City and Town of Plattsburgh) said the cuts that CCC made show a willingness to stay viable.

“Clinton Community College is probably our biggest asset in the community in terms of culture and economic impact,” he said.

“All of the programs they do help create a community.”

VOTE ON AUG. 28

Legislators will hold a public hearing on the budget request at their meeting on Aug. 28 and then vote on it.

Jablonski said he hopes the funding will be approved.

“I think we got a good reception from the legislators, and I think part of that is that we made it clear that we’ve taken the appropriate steps to contain costs and maximize revenue,” he said.

Finance Committee Chairwoman Sara Rowden (D-Area 4, Town of Plattsburgh) said she was impressed with the college’s budget plans.

“It looks like they made some changes that needed to be made, and that makes us, as a county, feel better,” she said.

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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