Board member Cheryl Gore Follette cautioned the board about adding new jobs. Each job is a decades-long commitment of salaries and benefits beyond the first-year expense, she said.
“We haven’t had an increase in enrollment the last few years,” she said. “We actually had declines, but we’re adding more bodies. It’s troubling to me.”
The college may get more revenue from property taxes than reflected in the draft budget, thanks to a rebounding real estate market, Cook said.
Trustee Bill Myers worried that the ratio of fees and tuition are out of balance. He said someone might misinterpret the real cost of attending NMC if considering tuition only. But fees increase the in-district rate from $84.60 to $118.97 per contact hour.
Gore Follette said NMC’s fees aren’t out of the norm.
Other colleges have “fees to get registered, fees to get toilet paper, fees to walk across campus,” she said. “... I don’t think we have too many fees.”
Snapshot of proposed NMC salary increases
Employees 2013 2014 percent increase
89* Faculty $6,556,396 $6,862,888 4.7%
86 Adjuncts 2,838,879 2,884,585 1.6%
13 Executives 1,218,330 1,245,742 2.2%
41 Student Jobs 471,916 417,916 0%
*Employee numbers are full-time equivalents. These are selected categories. Total salaries (not including new positions) are recommended to increase an average of 2.7 percent, from $21.1 million to $21.7 million.
Health care costs are slated to increase by $251,000 next year due to the Affordable Care Act, which redefines a full-time employee as working 30-hour weeks.
The 2014 budget year begins on July 1, 2013.