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