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Cayuga Community College President Brian Durant speaks at a college board of trustees meeting April 2019

Cayuga Community College was expected to ask the Cayuga County Legislature for a 1.5% funding increase.

CCC President Brian Durant said Tuesday afternoon he was set to present that possible boost request from the Legislature, included in the budget approved by the CCC Board of Trustees, at a committee meeting Tuesday night. If the committee supports the budget, it will move to the full Legislature meeting July 23. The college's new fiscal year starts Sept. 1.

The college had been tracking to be short 3% or 4% of its enrollment goal, Durant previously said. In April, the CCC trustees approved a plan to boost tuition by about 4% for the 2019-20 school year. Durant previously said CCC searched for savings to equal what was estimated to be about a $500,000 gap. He previously said the college's health insurance costs 10% rise brought that deficit to around $1 million.

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The college is considering using another $200,000 from its fund balance to cover the deficit, Durant said Tuesday, which would increase the amount to approximately $400,000. He previously said possible cost-cutting measures, included not filling vacant positions or pushing back one-time expenses.

Durant said Tuesday that most of CCC's savings was through "some vacancies that we manage," along with other expenses.

"We were able to save and work together as a college community to find what we could to ensure a balanced budget and at the same time, not compromise our services, of course, for our students and our business."

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Staff writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or kelly.rocheleau@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.

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