USG Senate passes budget unanimously
Posted April 28, 2010 at 12:14 am in News
The Undergraduate Student Government Senate passed the new administrationâs 2010-2011 budget Tuesday night with eight âayeâs and zero ânayâs.
The budget that passed was $25,000 less than the budget presented at last weekâs USG meeting. USG officials discovered last week that they were receiving $25,000 less from the carry-over fund â money left over from the 2008-2009 administration â than they had anticipated.
Past USG administrations have received about $25,000 from the carry-over fund after passing their budgets and have had to amend their budgets accordingly. This year, the administration assumed they would also get about $25,000 and factored it into their budget, only to find out that the money was not there because of an accounting error made during the 2008-2009 administration.
On Tuesday, the proper amendments were made to the budget that had been presented last week to account for the $25,000 difference.
The budget could still change, however.
This summer, the universityâs Board of Trustees will vote on USGâs proposed $1 increase to the student programming fee. If that increase comes through, USG will be able to use the budget it had proposed at last weekâs meeting.
Although the current instability of the budget could cause difficulties for other committees and branches of USG, Treasurer Brian Anderson assures them that it will not be too big of a difference.
Anderson said he is advising committees to plan based on the budget passed Tuesday, but to be aware that their budget could change if the programming fee increase is approved.
âWe communicated that there might be increases, but we tell them not to plan for it until it is approved,â Anderson said. âThe extra $25,000 will be spread over the entire organization, so their budgets will only increase at most a couple percentage points.â
Members of USG said they are hoping the programming fee increase goes through.
âThe [budget] increase would have been nice, but the financial committee will approve what they think is right,â said Genevieve Flores, director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Assembly.
The Board of Trustees will reconvene for their summer quarter meeting, so USG will know if it has been approved before school starts. The dollar increase is already reflected on studentsâ Oasis accounts, however.
âWeâre not sure if itâs a mistake,â Anderson said. âStudent Affairs approved it, so it seems good. It just has to go to the Board of Trustees.â