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Montgomery College President Reacts to Release of County Executive’s FY12 Operating Budget

Proposal Calls for $7.4 Million Reduction in County Funding to College Budget

In response to today’s release of the Montgomery County Executive’s fiscal year 2012 recommended operating budget, Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College, issued the following statement:

“Montgomery College recognizes the fiscal challenges of Montgomery County and the difficult task that the Montgomery County Executive faced in developing a budget for fiscal year 2012; however, the proposed reduction of $7.4 million in county funding is of serious and significant concern—with long-term impact—as it comes at a time when Montgomery County needs its community college more than ever before. Montgomery College educates and trains the workforce necessary to rebuilding a thriving local economy.

In building our request for level funding from the county, Montgomery College planned for no salary or merit increases for our faculty and staff. Additionally, there is a pending tuition increase for students of $3/6/9 per credit hour. The College also made more reductions, implemented cost saving, and reallocated resources to close the projected $8 million gap for FY12 without additional resources from the county.

The County Executive’s proposed reduction—which amounts to 7.6 percent less in county funding than fiscal year 2011—comes on top of the reductions Montgomery College already made. As a result of the 2011 reductions, Montgomery College instituted a tuition increase, which was greater than planned, and our employees are taking up to eight furlough days and did not receive salary increases.

Montgomery College requested level funding from the county for fiscal year 2012 with these priorities in mind: ensuring access to higher education by keeping Montgomery College affordable, working to improve college completion rates, and continuing funding for committed projects. We sought to be a partner with Montgomery County, balancing affordability with responsiveness to the taxpayer.

Montgomery College appreciates the challenges that the Montgomery County Executive faced in his efforts to fund our FY12 operating budget request. We will now work with the Montgomery County Council during its budget deliberations to ensure that Montgomery College educates the workforce of today and tomorrow.”

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