Approves Budget and Capital Outlay Requests, Bonding Issue
NMU Board of Trustees has approved a 2005-06 operating budget request
and a capital outlay request. Public universities are required to
submit both to the state on an annual basis.
operating budget increase request of $3.4 million reflects the amount
that would be necessary for NMU to maintain its current level of
operations in the next fiscal year. It factors in tuition revenue
based on current rates and a projected 3 percent hike in enrollment.
It also includes anticipated rising costs associated with such items
as health insurance, utilities, scholarships and financial aid,
and compensation. Northern’s 2004-05 operating budget is $82 million.
outlay request is part of NMU’s rolling five-year master plan submitted
to the state. It identifies two priority projects: the Cohodas Administrative
Center renovation, at an estimated cost of $14 million; and renovations
and an addition to the Learning Resources Center, for $51 million.
of these pieces represent the very first steps in the budget planning
process,” said Gavin Leach, associate vice president for finance
and planning. “As the process moves forward, we will be refining
our projections and working with the governor and legislature. This
can take some time. Last year, it started in the beginning of October
and the final higher education budget wasn’t determined until this
board also authorized NMU to issue $32 million in general revenue
bonds. Nearly half of that amount would be earmarked for construction
of a new 300-bed apartment complex to meet the growing demand for
student housing. Another portion – 12.2 million – would cover renovations
of existing residence halls in need of updated mechanical, electrical,
plumbing and roof systems.
can’t renovate unless we borrow and we are facing a housing shortage
due to increased enrollment, so we have to move forward on these
projects,” Leach said. “This will not be general fund borrowing.
A majority of the bond amount will be funded through proceeds from
the operation of the apartment and residence halls.”
board took the following action at its Oct. 8 meeting:
officers for the 2005 calendar year. Karl Weber of Marquette will
serve as board chair and Larry Inman of Williamsburg will be vice
trustee emeritus status to Dan DeVos, who served on the board from
April 1995 to December 2002 and was chair for the final year;
a new education specialist degree in literacy readership; and
$12,500 in gifts and $845,000 in grants.
next regularly scheduled meeting of the NMU Board of Trustees is