Western Nebraska Community College administrators are getting down to pencil-sharpening mode as they work to finalize a proposed budget to be considered for approval next month.
Finance Director Bill Knapper says one item that is requiring some extra effort is WNCC’s portion of the cost for two School Resource Officers from the Scottsbluff Police Department.
Knapper tells KNEB News relatively flat property valuations again this year means finding other ways to pay for the proposed SROs for the Scottsbluff campus. “Trimming in some other areas, asking folks to do without something this year,” says Knapper, “Or maybe only do half of a project or pursuit of an activity.”
Knapper says it’s notable property valuations in the Western Community College Area are statistically flat for a second year in a row following years of significant increases, meaning some budgetary belt-tightening.
On September 11th, the Board of Governors will have a budget hearing where the board will take formal action on the budget for adoption and set their levy rate.