Tonawanda News — Enrollment at higher education institutions is declining across the nation, as the number of high school graduates going straight to college decreases, Schickling said. NCCC hit its enrollment peak in 2009-2010, when the recession caused more non-traditional students to seek out schooling.
Administration is not seeking an increase in funding from Niagara County in 2013-14. That budget line will remain $8.8 million for a seventh consecutive year. By state law, from year to year the county can raise, but cannot reduce, the operating subsidy.
Also on the income side, the administration is counting on $1 million in miscellaneous revenue and use of $500,000 in the school’s fund balance. On paper, the 2012-13 budget was balanced with use of $932,000 from the fund balance but as it turns out the school may only spend about $250,000, Schickling said.
The Niagara County Legislature will hold a public hearing on NCCC’s proposed budget at 6:45 p.m. May 21 at the county courthouse, Lockport.