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Santa Clara County, CA November 4, 2003 Election
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FHDA 2003-2004 Budget -- Drastic Action

By Andrea N. Leiderman

Candidate for Board Member; Foothill-De Anza Community College District

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Foothill-De Anza is experiencing unprecendented budget shortfalls. Budgets are driven byt program expenses. State revenues do not meet on-going program expenses.
FHDA 2003-04 Budget: An Unprecedented State Budget called for drastic action

Budget is driven by program costs; 85% of FHDA budget is salaries and benefits. In this State budget, FHDA received $6m less than anticipated for '03-04; FHDA budget = $138m in revenues, $146m in expenses. Shortfall due to rising medical costs ( 15%), CalPERS increases ( 20%); grant programs ending. To close the shortfall Board froze the district's operating budget (known as "B" budget), saving $2 million. The Board froze hiring. The Board directed all surplus funds in 2002-03 returned to general fund to offset anticipated shortfall (typically, depts. keep these funds). Board cut five management and administrative positions. These cuts totaled $4.8 million in savings. Additional $1.2 million shortfall required layoffs of 25 classified staff. The Board voted 5-0 to layoff staff in response to $1.2 million shortfall. Layoffs conducted by seniority and "bumping". Due to State budget deficits, FHDA revenues are down $20 million in 2 years. Despite unprecedented State budget deficit, Board gave faculty and classified a 2% salary raise. Other CCDs in County either gave an "off schedule" increase of 1% (not added to base salary) or froze or rolled back salaries. FHDA fought hard along with other CCs and students to minimize budget hits to CCs. In 2002, FHDA board made permanent the positions of 20 staff who were long time temporary workers - giving them benefits for the first time.

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