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JCC board approves $32.7 million spending plan

OBSERVER file photo The Jamestown Community College.

SUNY Jamestown Community College’s proposed $32.7 million operating budget for 2021-22 was approved this week during college’s board of trustees. The college’s new fiscal year will begin on Sept. 1.

The college announced in January that it would not increase tuition for the 2021-22 academic year – recognizing the financial constraints on students and families brought on by the pandemic. JCC’s semester tuition rates are $2,600 for New York state students and $5,200 for out-of-state students.

“I appreciate the efforts of JCC’s administrative team to develop a strong budget as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Daniel DeMarte, JCC president. “I am also appreciative to our sponsoring counties in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus for their continued support during this challenging time. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have remained committed to upholding our fiscal responsibility, while maintaining the same high quality education on which we have built our reputation for the last seven decades.”

The approved $32,774,330 budget includes $3.2 million in relief money received from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and also represents a state aid rate of $2,997 per full-time equivalent (FTE).

“We appreciate the board’s willingness to adopt this budget, which is the product of a great many months of work by our team here at JCC,” said Michael Martello, vice president of administration. “This new budget represents careful planning moving forward anticipating that full recovery from the pandemic may take two-to-three years.”

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