Public hearing set for FM budget

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors last week proposed a public hearing on Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s 2017-18 budget for 1:30 p.m. July 10 at the County Office Building.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Finance Committee last week approved the date. The full board looks to finalize the hearing date at its Monday meeting.

FMCC’s Board of Trustees recently approved a $20 million college budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The budget represents a 3.18 percent decrease over the 2016-17 year. There is no increase for the amount county sponsors Fulton and Montgomery counties will pay.

Proposed is a $250 tuition increase for the new school year, taking tuition to $4,450 a year for full-time FMCC students.

A new $25 fee has also been introduced for the new school year for those caught breaking the college’s smoking rules.

The budget is using $515,632 in fund balance. The operating revenue for 2017-18 is $18.4 million with $1.6 million in grant funds. The state is giving an aid rate of $50 per full-time equivalent student.

Also related to FMCC last week, the Finance Committee preliminarily authorized a $147,000 county agreement with JMZ Architects of Glens Falls. The agreement is to prepare design plans and bid specifications for FMCC’s estimated $2.2 million campus bathrooms and locker rooms project. The full Fulton County board takes final action Monday.

The Montgomery County Legislature is scheduled to approve the agreement at its June 27 meeting.

“There’s no county dollars involved in the project,” county Planning Director James Mraz said Wednesday.

Funding representing equal $1.1 million 50 percent share is coming from the state University of New York and the FMCC Foundation.

Mraz said FMCC desires to commence the design work on this project now in order to have bidding documents ready by 2018. The project would be publicly bid in early 2018. Construction would start at the end of the spring 2018 semester and be completed prior to the start of the fall, 2018 semester.

By Patricia Older

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