The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees met Monday to authorize publication of the fiscal 2006 budget. The proposed budget includes a 2 mill decrease, which was made possible due to an increase in the assessed valuation; positive cash position of the college and a lower mill rate for General Obligation Bonds.

Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, told the board this is the final year for the General Obligation bond mill levy, which will be less than 1 mill for FY06. The budget includes a 3 percent salary adjustment as the final year of a two-year negotiated agreement, a projected 9.5 percent increase in utilities, projected 10 percent increase in insurance rates, the cost of the challenge course construction and capital equipment requests. Capital project needs which were presented will include asphalt/concrete around parking barn building, improved campus signage, concrete work/repairs in the amphitheater, gym seating, network backbone replacement and reestablishing reserves.

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