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Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees approves 2020 budget

The Joliet Junior College Board of Trustees approved the college’s fiscal 2020 budget at its June 12 meeting.

The total operating budget for fiscal 2020 is $97.98 million, which is a 2.4% increase over the previous year’s budget, according to a news release.

“Our budget is developed each year to support our mission of being an innovative and accessible institution, dedicated to student learning, community prosperity, cultural enrichment and inclusion,” JJC President Judy Mitchel said.

This is the 47th consecutive year the JJC board passed a balanced operating budget, according to the release. To that end, the college said it focused on proactively planning to support its developing programs and addressing the potential impact of the funding coming from the state government.

In recent years, the state’s share of JJC’s funding has been about 7%, less than half of what it was nearly 20 years ago. Property taxes have accounted for 54%, and tuition and fees have made up 36% of the school’s funding. According to the budget, the state funding level for fiscal 2020 didn’t change from the previous year.

The new budget kept tuition and health care costs flat, according to the release. Over the past three fiscal years, JJC has been able to save $986,400 through position realignment, the repurposing or elimination of positions.

According to the budget document, JJC is not expected to see an increase in enrollment for the upcoming fiscal year, with tuition and fees projected to decrease by about 1.2% from the previous year. The budget report also said data showed new construction permits continue to grow, and resident construction has resumed in JJC’s district.

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