Pima Community College’s budget is shrinking slightly for the next fiscal year while increasing taxes, tuition and pay for employees.
The school’s governing board voted this week to adopt a $246 million budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. That is about $1.7 million, or 0.7 percent, less than last year’s budget.
The budget is aligned with a new strategic plan for 2017-2021, which would focus on improving student success, community engagement and cultivating institutional excellence.
PCC is reducing more than 100 vacant staff positions, saving more than $6 million. But the budget also includes a 2.5 percent increase for employee wages and salaries.
Enrollment services and marketing initiatives are gaining an additional $500,000, the college said in a news release.
As part of the budget plan, the governing board also adopted a tax levy increase. The existing $1.35 per $100 of assessed valuation will increase to $1.39, which would result in a $4 increase for a resident with a $100,000 value home.