The proposed Pratt Community College budget includes a small reduction of 0.1 mil in the college mil levy.

Taxpayers in Pratt County will have a very small reduction in their mill levy from Pratt Community College. Kent Adams, PCC vice president of finance and operations, presented the preliminary budget to the PCC Trustees and it included a 0.1 mill decrease in the college mil levy. This puts the college mill levy at 39.3 mils.

The public budget hearing is at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13 in the meeting room in the student center.

The information was presented to the trustees at their regular monthly meeting Aug. 16.

The 2018-2019 projected $14.8 million budget is based on an estimated 1.5 percent increase in enrollment, mostly from the restart of the ADN program. Estimated credit hours are 26,556. The assessed valuation increased $5.1 million and the state restored $64,142 in funding of the $96,925 they took back in the 2016 rescission, Adams said.

However, with the uncertainty of the revenue situation in Topeka, Adams is not budgeting that $64,142 until he has it in hand.

The 2018-2019 PCC projected budget is for $14.8 million with $6.3 million coming from county property tax.

Students will see a $1 increase in tuition for $62 per credit hour and a $2 increase in fees for $47 per credit hour. The PCC tuition and fees are competitive with other community colleges. Tuition revenue is projected at $1.5 million, projected state operating grant is $2.5 million, motor vehicle tax is estimated at $381,000 and grants at $207,000, Adams said.

These budget numbers can change during the year depending on unexpected events. In the 2017-2018 school year, the college had to spend $75,000 when a boiler in Benson Hall gave out and a $60,000 compressor had to be replaced in North Hall. It’s impossible to budget for the unknown, Adams said.

It was an example why the college needs to increase their capital outlay budget.

Enrollment staff continues to get students enrolled and are working the telephones. Residence halls are already 75 percent full.