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Cortland County Lawmakers Turn Down TC3 Request For More Money

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Cortland County legislators have rejected a proposal to increase funding for Tompkins Cortland Community College.

In an 8-7 vote, lawmakers turned down a plan to increase funding to the college by 2 percent. A proposal to allow the college to withdraw 2% from its reserves was withdrawn.

The agreement would have had the county increasing its contribution to the college by just under $39,000 with TC3 using 2 percent from the college’s surplus funds. The college had sought a 4% increase in funding from both Cortland and Tompkins County.

TC3 President Carl Haynes said he was shocked by the vote.

The legislature’s Budget Committee including budget chair Kevin Whitney endorsed the increased funding last week.

Whitney said his no vote was not a reflection of the work the college does but represents his concern with how the school is funded and the county’s financial position.

The Tompkins County Legislature is scheduled to vote the college budget next month. Haynes ruled out increasing tuition further to balance the budget in the event Cortland County does not increase funding.

Funding for TC3 would cost Cortland County $1.9 million next year.

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