PCC budget

Pima Community College board member Mark Hanna gestures as he makes opening remarks at the start of a study session to discuss its budget problems in Tucson, on Dec. 14, 2016. Lee Lambert, the chancellor, is on the left. The session, which was to be broadcast to its employees, was to look at its current state and perhaps to look for ways to cuts costs in order to survive. The enrollment is down to 1991 levels but maintains a 2016-size budget.

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.

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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.

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