Austin Community College board of trustees adopts $352.8 million budget

The Austin Community College board of trustees met Monday night to approve the district budget.

The Austin Community College board of trustees met Monday night to approve the district budget.

The Austin Community College board of trustees on Monday unanimously voted to adopt a balanced budget that included a 3 percent employee raise for the next fiscal year.

The $352.8 million fiscal year 2017-18 budget, which begins Sept. 1 and runs through Aug. 31, 2018, includes nearly $230 million for salaries and benefits, which makes up nearly 65 percent of the community college district's expenses.

The 3 percent employee raise costs ACC nearly $5.2 million. Employees receiving the raise are full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, classified employees, professional/technical employees, hourly employees and administrative staff, according to meeting documents.

About $196 million of ACC's revenue, or 55 percent, comes from local property taxes. Tuition and fees make up about $81 million, or 23 percent, of the college's revenue.

Tuition and fees remain the same this year, although according to meeting documents, ACC projects losing about $764,000 in revenue from tuition and fees in the next fiscal year.

Before officially voting on the budget adoption, board members had a lengthy discussion about compensation for  faculty and employees.

The full-time faculty raises for the next fiscal year are twofold, according to Neil Vickers, executive vice president of finance and administration: About 1.75 percent comes from step, or experience, increases each year; the other 1.25 percent was determined based on analyses done on the rising cost of living. ACC has determined through market analysis the living wage is $15 an hour, up from $14.23 an hour.

For adjunct faculty—who, like full-time faculty, are given raises based on experience and workload—the step increases are prorated based on the number of credit hours the employees teach. This means that an adjunct professor teaching fewer credit hours gets less of a step raise.

Several adjunct faculty members spoke about the disparity between the compensation increases full-time faculty receive and the increases adjunct faculty receives based on the board policy that determines how adjunct faculty are paid, along with the fact that even with the 3 percent raise, some hourly employees don't make $15 an hour.

"[The policy] is complicated," ACC CEO and President Richard Rhodes said. "It's easy to see we definitely appreciate our adjunct faculty, and we pay them well."

Vickers said with the exception of Collin County Community College, other community colleges across the state are considering 2-3 percent raises.




MOST RECENT

The new H-E-B store is located on Ronald Reagan Boulevard in north Leander. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: New H-E-B in Leander opening soon; Texas Supreme Court grants rehearing for high-speed rail eminent domain case and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 18.

A photo at the Y intersection, as TxDOT begins to grade and clear the project area. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Oak Hill Parkway update: sound wall construction, intermittent night closures, and tree and brush removal

The Texas Department of Transportation is undertaking more minor aspects of construction in advance of major construction getting underway in early 2022.

Austin City Council approved dozens of spending items and rezoning requests during an Oct. 14 meeting. (Screenshot via city of Austin)
Austin City Hall notebook: Council approves measures to address flooding, homelessness, corridor changes

Flood resiliency, affordable housing and memorials took the spotlight at the Oct. 14 Austin City Council meeting.

Lakeway city council members will consider Oct. 18 rezoning acreage along Lohmans Crossing as part of a proposal to develop The Square at Lohmans. (Greg Perliski/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lakeway council to consider The Square at Lohmans zoning proposal

If developed, the multiuse development would bring a new segment of Main Street.

Trustee Lynn Boswell speaks at an Oct. 14 information session of the Austin ISD board of trustees. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD seeks firm to help redistricting process

As districts within AISD are redrawn, the board of trustees will get legal assistance from a firm it has not yet chosen.

The amended version of the planned development unit will now go to the Austin Planning Commission for review. (Rendering courtesy Austin Environmental Commission)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Austin commission OKs development plan near Lady Bird Lake; shopping center coming to Porter and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 15.

Kyle Center Street Trick-or-Treat will be held Oct. 23. (Courtesy city of Kyle)
20 fall activities to do across Central Texas; Grand Donuts coming to Georgetown and more top area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Early voting starts Oct. 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Travis County early voting begins Oct. 18

There are 27 polling locations throughout the county.

A dash cam still shows flooding on Brandt Road after rain. (Courtesy Jon Iken)
South Austin affordable apartment complex moves forward despite neighbors' concerns

Neighbors worry about road safety and flooding, but City Council says there will be mitigation for those issues.

City Council voted to approve the first reading of a rezoning request, with Council Member Vanessa Fuentes adding directions. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact)
City Council approves South Austin affordable housing development with caveats

Council members say developers should add more affordable units to their apartment complex plan near Beacon Ridge.

The Smoking Joint is now open under the umbrella of Click Click Chew virtual food hall in Cypress. (Courtesy Kirsten Gilliam)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: More restaurant, retail space could be coming to north Frisco development; Locatelli’s owners launch virtual food hall in Cypress, and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 14.