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Feather River College declares fiscal crisis

Mona Hill
Staff Writer

Anticipating Gov. Jerry Brown’s May budget revision, expected to be announced May 13, Dr. Ron Taylor, president of Feather River College, presented a declaration of fiscal crisis for the district board of trustees’ approval at its regular meeting Thursday, April 21.

The declaration acknowledges the $25 billion gap in the state’s 2011-12 budget, its failure to balance the budget and the $400 million reduction in community college general fund allocations approved last month.

In addition, the declaration recognizes further and more significant reductions in the district’s allocation.

In approving the declaration, trustees empowered Taylor “to take appropriate actions to address the crisis.” The declaration will remain in effect until general fund revenues improve beyond the current year’s levels, possibly in 2014-15.

Explaining the situation to the trustees, Taylor said the declaration would allow the Strategic Planning Committee to develop ways to maximize revenues and preserve course offerings so students can complete their degree programs.

Staff members have been developing a draft document that will guide reductions without identifying specific cuts. Taylor also said collective bargaining with the faculty and classified staff unions is continuing.

While the declaration identifies the known $400 million in cuts to community colleges, Taylor anticipated that amount could increase to as much as $800 million.

For the college district, Taylor is planning for cuts to the general fund of at least $1.667 million, which reflects the $800 million estimate.

Together with planned revenue deferrals of approximately $1.263 million through the end of the year, the college’s cash flow situation is precarious. Jim Scoubes, director of Business Services, told trustees that he is working with the Chancellor’s Office to obtain the release of some funds about a month earlier than expected.

Trustees also passed Resolution 10/11-09, giving approval to participate in the 2011-12 Tax and Revenue Anticipation Note (TRAN) Program, basically an advance against anticipated property tax revenues. Scoubes must submit a cash flow analysis before the amount of the TRAN can be determined.

Trustees also approved a memorandum of understanding with Feather River College Foundation Inc. for a loan modification on the May 27, 2010, loan agreement and related operations agreement for repairs to the residence halls.

The original loan amount has been reduced to $300,000. Terms have changed to interest-only payments beginning with the August 2011 payment and continuing for five years. Thereafter, the foundation will make payments of principal and interest over the next 15 years to pay the entire loan amount.


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Earlier in the meeting, the board approved appointment of Dr. Derek Lerch as interim dean of instruction (chief instructional officer) effective July 1.

The next regular meeting of the board has been changed to May 10 to accommodate state deadlines, but time and place, 3 p.m. in Science 104, remains the sam

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