Southeast Community College Board votes preliminary budget approval

BEATRICE – Southeast Community College has authorized publishing the school’s planned budget for the coming year, which totals over $293 million. The Board of Governors gave preliminary approval to the plan, meeting Tuesday at the newly acquired SCC Learning Center, in Nebraska City.

The college’s total tax levy would be set at 7.37 cents for the general fund budget. SCC also has a 2-cent capital improvements tax levy. That would be the third consecutive year the school’s total tax levy is at 9.37-cents.

The school expects to receive state aid of about $29.18 million….an increase of about 2.3%.

SCC Vice President of Administrative Services, Amy Jorgens says property valuation within the SCC 15-county service area totals approximately $66 billion… increase of about 6.5% over last year.  "Lancaster County is really going to carry the majority of the property valuations. It went up eleven-point-one percent. They're about fifty percenet of our total tax base. We only had two (counties) that had a decrease."

Enrollment went down the past year at SCC, by about 2.3%, but Jorgens says that was actually better than other community colleges.
"Given the circumstances of the environment we were operating in, that is...I think that is a good result. Metro (community college) went down nine-point-seven percent....and Western, Nebraska Community College was over a twenty percent decrease in FTE enrollment."

The new SCC budget includes a capital improvements budget of about $35.6 million. The SCC Board approved authorizing publishing of the planned budget, on a 9-0 vote.

The new fall semester at Southeast Community College began on Monday, with students on campuses…but with the college able to adapt to online learning if necessary, during the ongoing Covid-19 presence.