AUBURN | The Cayuga Community College Board of Trustees has voted to hold off on the school's student housing and sports complex projects until its operating budget issue is resolved.
Several capital projects planned for the college will be postponed until the college's fund balance is at 5 percent of the operating budget. The board approved a resolution during a meeting Wednesday on the college's Fulton campus.
"The board wants to insure that we're able to address the immediate budget issues that the college is working through," said college president Daniel Larson on Thursday.
Larson said the board would like to proceed in resolving the budget issues without the "distractions" involved with the other projects. The complaints from Auburn residents about the proposed student housing project are well-documented and the college's Dr. Joseph F. and Honey Karpinski Athletic Stadium Complex has not receive state funding, according to Larson.
The college is moving forward with the Schwartz Family Performing Arts Center project in downtown Auburn, as well as the continuation of construction work at the college's Fulton campus and installation of a new telephone system for the Auburn campus.
A separate resolution passed by the board gave the theater the official green light to proceed and the college will discuss the next steps with the city. Larson said this project is proceeding because the capital funding from New York state has been allocated and the local funding has been raised by Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival.
"The college will continue to work with that project to see it come to fruition," he said.
The board passed another resolution Wednesday night to establish a maximum spending cap of $10,000 for items that are not contained with the budget. Anything $10,000 or more needs board approval, Larson said.
These items can be anything from repairs for a leaking roof to a malfunctioning boiler. Larson said the cap is financially typical in which the items not on the budget "are things that the board would like to know about."
The board has also given instructions to Larson and his administration to come up with a budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year based on a population estimate of 2,900 full-time equivalent students.
Larson said the instructions are part of conversations the board has had on what next year's budget will look like. The board would like to know what the budget would be if the college comes up short on enrollment projections or exceeds them, Larson said.