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Cayuga Community College Budget Approved; Tuition to Rise

Cayuga County lawmakers Tuesday night approved the operating budget for Cayuga Community College for the 2011-12 school year, which contains a 7% increase in tuition.

The college did not get what it asked for, though.

The County Legislature approved its share of the $30.76 million college budget, refusing the college’s request for a 2 percent increase from last year’s appropriation.  The county provides about 9 percent of the college’s budget, officials said, and have not raised its appropriation in two years.

As a result, the college will draw down its reserve fund by $56,830 to make up the difference.

College President Daniel Larson told legislators that the reserve fund was being preserved for the expansion of the Fulton campus.

Cayuga Community College will soon begin renovating the closed P&C supermarket in the River Glen Square shopping plaza.

In time, the college hopes to buy every retail space in the plaza and convert it to space for the college.

The school also plans to buy a 45 acre plot of land adjacent to the plaza property for future athletic fields and other building needs.

The budget requires a 7.25% increase in tuition, which will add $260 a year to the current tuition.

Tuition for the 2011-12 school year will be $3,820.