Board member proposes ways to balance budget

Shutting down the Whitman Campus location this coming fall was one proposal made to the Strategic Financial Planning Committee by MCCC board member Bill Braunlich.

It was one of four proposals Braunlich made at the Monday, March 23 Board of Trustees meeting.

He proposed that there should be investigation of the Whitman campus’s historical and projected data, comparing tuition generated with MCCC’s expenses,  to identify the profit-loss ratio.

Students make presentation to board

Braunlich also proposed retaining a millage campaign expert who has a proven track record of success. He said he thought it could take more than a year to prepare for the next election.

Another proposal was to retain an expert to address possible reorganization and cost efficiencies at MCCC. Braunlich said he thought a firm is necessary to make the changes needed for larger cost reductions.

Lastly, he proposed examining the policies on waiver of facility rental fees in the Meyer Theater – more specifically, to eliminate the presidential discretion to waive rental fees.

Braunlich said he thought in the past it was appropriate to waive the fees for non-profit Monroe County organizations, but due to the financial restraints, it is necessary to change the policy.

He also proposed changing the policies for programming and ticket pricing for the Meyer Theater.

“Due to the failure of the millage, we’re going to have to raise tuition and impose other fees,” he said.

A tuition increase also was discussed.

“Tuition is very important,” Board member Bill Bacarella said. “But I don’t believe it’s enough.”

No decisions were made. There will be a special meeting of the Board of Trustees at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.