Time for a reality-based budget

On Friday, Vice Chancellor of Finance & Administration Ron Gerhard presented CCSF’s 2014-2015 budget, and its contents were of great concern to many faculty. AFT 2121 President Tim Killikelly questioned the reality of the numbers and asked for other, more realistic budget scenarios. “This eight year plan frames the conversation so that the District can say ‘there’s no more money for faculty and staff.’ The only way to achieve the numbers in this eight year plan is for the college to shrink or for faculty to continue to endure pay cuts.” While faculty salaries stay flat, administrative salaries are up over 34% from FY 2012-2013 to FY 2014-2015. The budget also includes a funding model for the next eight years that wrongly predicts catastrophic funding problems, including losing Prop 30 and Prop A funds and no increase in enrollment.

A more realistic view of the budget would make clear that the District can afford to restore faculty pay and give them the raise necessary to continue to live in the Bay Area. It’s all about priorities — will the District invest money in the classroom and student services, or will it continue to prioritize bloated administrative salaries and unnecessarily large reserve funds?

To see the budget, visit: http://www.ccsf.edu/dam/Organizational_Assets/Department/VCFA/FY%2014-15%20tentative%20recommentation_V23.pdf.  You can see the rise in administrative salaries on page 14 and the eight year plan on page 29.

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