MALONE - Franklin County legislators easily agreed Thursday to their contribution to next school year's North Country Community College budget.
The college's $13.63 million budget includes $1.19 million from each of Franklin and Essex counties, the same amount the college got from the counties last year.
Spending is up about 3.3 percent over last year's budget, but college officials told Franklin County legislators earlier this month they plan to cover that through an anticipated slight increase in the number of students attending college from out of state, a number that has been trending up in recent years.
North Country Community College representatives appear in Malone for a Franklin County public hearing on the college’s 2012-13 budget. They are, from left, Bill Chapin, the college’s vice president for fiscal operations, NCCC board member Mary Kay Tulloch and new NCCC President Steve Tyrell.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
"I think North Country Community College is doing an exceptional job of managing what they have," said county Legislator Tim Burpoe, D-Saranac Lake.
"No tax increase - we're fine," said Legislator Guy "Tim" Smith, D-Fort Covington.
No one showed up to a public hearing held in Malone on the budget Thursday, and Board of Legislators Clerk Gloria Valone said she didn't receive any written comments.
The board unanimously approved the spending plan.