Tompkins County
New York


Adoption of the 2017-2018 Operating Budget - Tompkins Cortland Community College


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Category:FiscalFunctions:Tompkins Cortland Community College

Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, a proposed operating budget for Tompkins Cortland Community College for the fiscal year September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2018, has been presented to the Legislature of the County of Tompkins pursuant to County Law and Section 6306 of the Education Law, and


WHEREAS, the Legislature has conducted a public hearing on said proposed budget on the 20th of June 2017, and heard all persons wishing to speak on this topic, now therefore be it


RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committee, That said proposed 2017-2018 operating budget in the amount of $40,857,954 of which the total sponsoring community contribution is in the amount of $4,650,364, be and the same hereby is approved,


RESOLVED, further, That the Tompkins County Legislature includes in the 2018 Tompkins County Budget an amount to be determined pursuant to the approved plan for said College in effect as of September 1, 2017, and that the amount when determined be raised by taxation in the County of Tompkins in the fiscal year 2018,


RESOLVED, further, That this resolution shall become effective upon the adoption of a concurrent resolution by the Cortland County Legislature.



Meeting History

May 31, 2017 4:00 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Special Meeting

Mrs. McBean-Clairborne asked if this presents the one percentage increase that was talked about when the meeting was held at TC3 and if that could be made clear. Secondly, she asked if the Committee is acting under the impression that Cortland County will do the same and if they do not, whether the Committee will come back and take another look at this.

Mr. Dennis said without having information to state otherwise, this resolution is being considered under the assumption that Cortland County would approve the same increase. If Cortland County does not approve the 1% increase in its share of sponsor funding Tompkins County can revisit the resolution.

Dr. Haynes noted that the cost for each sponsor can shift each year as it relates to the percentage of enrollment from the counties and that percentage drives the actual dollar amount that a county would contribute. He provided the following information on sponsor shares in the proposed budget and Mrs. McBean-Clairborne requested this be included as an explanation section of the resolution:

Tompkins County's share - 64%; total share - $3,005,996 (2018 increase of 1% = $29,663)

Cortland County's share - 36%; total share - $1,690,872 (2018 increase of 1% = $16,700)

Dr. Haynes reported Cortland County's Budget Committee will be holding a special meeting tomorrow to consider the TC3 Budget and he has been informed that they will be rejecting the requested 1% increase. He plans to come back to this Committee at its June 12th meeting and will ask to shift money from TC3's Fund Balance to avoid having to redo the numbers that are in the budget.

Mr. Dennis said this Committee is being asked to approve this resolution and to go on record early in support of the 1% increase in addition to the special funding requests and to then let Cortland County react.

Mr. Dennis said he is troubled by Dr. Haynes' announcement that Cortland County will not be supporting the funding request. Dr. Haynes said he is also troubled by this. It was noted that Cortland County's share is $16,700. Mr. Dennis said TC3 is a jewel that needs to keep shining.

MOVER:Glenn Morey, Member
SECONDER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
AYES:James Dennis, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Glenn Morey, Daniel Klein
ABSENT:Michael Sigler
Jun 12, 2017 4:00 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Regular Meeting

Mr. Mareane said this Committee at the last meeting approved a one-percent increase for the 2017-2018 operating budget for Tompkins Cortland Community College as Tompkins County’s contribution. Both sponsoring counties (Cortland and Tompkins) have to approve the same exact percentage increase. However, Cortland County informed the College that they would not be able to provide an increase to the College. At the same time Tompkins County approved the one-percent increase, a separate resolution was approved for $83,200 (Tompkins County’s enrollment-based share) as one-time funding to support a Service Management Modernization Plan.

Mr. Mareane said the Committee is being asked to change the one-percent increase to a zero percent increase to match Cortland County’s action.

At this time, Mr. Mareane explained the resolution to appropriate an additional $46,504 one-time funding to assist with the implementation of a Service Management Modernization Plan. The resolution increases one-time money that this County would provide to the College and said it is equivalent to the one-percent increase if there had been agreement between the two counties with Tompkins County’s share being approximately $30,000 and Cortland County’s share being approximately $16,000. The $46,504 supplements what has already been approved and allows the College to fully implement the Plan.

Mrs. McBean-Clairborne clarified that Cortland County is not contributing its share to the Service Management Modernization Plan or agreeing to increase the operating budget by one percent; Mr. Haynes said that is correct.

In response to Mrs. McBean-Clairborne’s question about why both counties have to agree on a percentage increase, Mr. Mareane said he had this discussion with the County Attorney that zero is the default number. Mr. Haynes said the State looks at the sponsor share as one share and both counties have to agree on what is being contributed.

Mrs. McBean-Clairborne stated for the record that she does not find this acceptable with Cortland County and that Tompkins County continues to provide support. She finds it troubling and believes that Tompkins County is essentially picking up Cortland County’s share; although she understands the $46,504 is one-time funding.

Ms. Kiefer recalls there being a time when Tompkins County was the defaulting partner and could not support an increase for TC3.

Mr. Sigler questioned if a new agreement should be negotiated. It was noted that a new President is coming in and that more time should be given. Mr. Haynes commented that negotiating a new agreement is about a two-year process.

It was MOVED by Mr. Morey, seconded by Mrs. McBean-Clairborne, and unanimously adopted by voice vote by members present, to amend the resolution to change the contribution amount from $4,696,867 to $4,650,364 in the first Resolved.

A voice vote resulted as follows on the resolution as amended: Ayes - 4, Noes - 0, Excused - 1 (Klein). RESOLUTION AS AMENDED CARRIED.

MOVER:Glenn Morey, Member
SECONDER:James Dennis, Chair
AYES:James Dennis, Michael Sigler, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Glenn Morey
EXCUSED:Daniel Klein
Jun 20, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

Mr. Haynes explained that the Cortland County Budget Committee approved a zero percent increase for the TC3 budget and it will be going to the Legislature on June 22nd. If Cortland County were to increase that percentage he would come back to Tompkins County with a modified budget request and request approval.

Mr. John said he wished he could approve a higher rate, but understands the process. He spoke of Mr. Haynes’ retirement and said he has done a tremendous job during his time at TC3. He was a coach of 15-18 year olds and witnessed many going to TC3 and finding their way. He wishes more could be done for this valuable resource.

Mr. Dennis also expressed his appreciation to Mr. Haynes and said he has done a great job at the helm of TC3.

Ms. Robertson thanked Mr. Haynes for his many gifts he has given to the community through TC3.

Ms. Kelles said she appreciates Mr. Haynes courageousness, vision, and creativity and said she would continue to support and champion any ideas he may have after retirement.

MOVER:James Dennis, Member
SECONDER:Glenn Morey, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein
EXCUSED:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne