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Not much wiggle room in Sauk budget: College projects deficit for FY20 budget

August 31, 2018 GMT

DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College’s annual budget has been in the black 2 years in a row, but a gradual decrease in state funding could spell trouble next year.

The Sauk Board of Trustees on Monday approved an official fiscal year 2019 budget for the college that’s $166,938 in the black, with $16.7 million in revenue and about $16.5 million in expenses.

Last month, the net balance was positioned to be $99,449 before the college tacked on $67,489 with the resignation of senior faculty member Mary Lou Kidder – who worked at the college since 1994 and taught human relations and computer information systems.


Sauk shaved about $206,000 of expenses in benefits, salaries, instruction, contractual services, academic support, student services and public services.

They also added about $111,000 in operating costs, institutional support, general materials, conference expenses and unspecified spending.

State funding is projected to total about $1.5 million, a $33,788 decrease from last year’s estimates.

Projections for next year tell much of the same story, and as of now, Sauk projects a $419,501 deficit in FY20, which would start July 1 for the college.

Sauk President David Hellmich said increasing health insurance costs and uncertainty in state funding and enrollment are the main reasons for the projected deficit.

“There are a million different things that can happen that make it hard to budget,” he said. “We try to be very conservative with our budget, but a deficit is projected because of the increasing health insurance, which we don’t know for sure how it will play out.”

State funding for FY20 is projected to be about $78,000 less than FY19, and salaries and benefits are expected to add an additional $216,000 to Sauk’s expenses.

“With the budgets we don’t want to be projecting things to be rosier than they are because that’s how you end up in financial trouble,” Hellmich said.

In other business

The board approved a $21,267 bid from Nebraska-based Pro Track & Tennis Inc. to repair the cracked outdoor tennis courts, and approved a $97,187.46 purchase from Laerdal Medical Corp for two simulation manikins for the nursing department called SimBaby and SimJunior.

SimBaby simulates newborn care situations while SimJunior simulates pediatric care situations for students.