The Seward County Community College/Board of Trustees met Monday, July 16 to approve the fiscal year 2013 budget for publication.
Dennis Sander, dean of finance and operations, presented three budget options to the board. Trustee Dustin Ormiston explained that the college lost two mills last year due to decreased valuation that it canít recover. The board also discussed that there could be an additional loss from the county revenues due to a decision by the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals resulting in an estimated loss of $300,000 in college allocation.
The proposed mill levy is still below what the collegeís mill levy was in 2003 while college operations have continued to grow. In 2008, the college assumed the operational costs of the area technical school, and total enrollment in the college has grown continuously for the past four years.
The board opted to raise the mill levy 1.67 to offset the loss of funds from the county for refunds on personal property due to the decision of the Board of Tax Appeals.