SAN FRANCISCO — State community college leaders are warning of an unexpected budget shortfall that could lead to reduced courses, staff and services this year.

California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott says the 112-campus system faces an additional $149 million deficit because of lower-than-expected property tax revenue and greater demand for student fee waivers.

The shortfall comes on top of a $400 million budget cut for the current fiscal year and a $102 million midyear cut triggered because state revenues fell below projections.

Scott says most of the new shortfall comes from a dramatic increase in students receiving fee waivers because of the weak economy.

The chancellor says he is working to convince the governor and Legislature to restore funding to the community college system.

Press Democrat Poll

What type of warning did you receive about last October’s fires? (Multiple responses allowed)

Official alert on my landline: 5 percent

Official alert on my cellphone: 17 percent

Neighbor warned me: 14 percent

Family member or friend warned me: 28 percent

Police or fire came to my home to warn me: 5 percent

None: 43 percent

Don’t know: 1 percent

In the future, how would you like to be notified about a fire or other impending disaster?

Phone call: 31 percent

Text message: 30 percent

Email: 1 percent

Air raid siren: 28 percent

Other (specify): 7 percent

Don’t know: 3 percent

Do you think Sonoma County is more prepared today to warn you about fires or disasters than it was last year?

Yes: 54 percent

No: 31 percent

Don’t know: 15 percent

SOURCE: The Press Democrat Poll/David Binder Research