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ACC still working out county budget request for 2021-22

Alamance Community College’s trustees also previewed a $334,000 funding request for building maintenance and repairs for the upcoming fiscal year during their latest meeting.

ACC president Dr. Algie Gatewood said in a subsequent interview with The Alamance News that the proposed $334,000 county capital funding request for ACC is separate from a request for current expenses (i.e., operations) that will be submitted to Alamance County’s commissioners this spring.

ACC’s administration is still developing an overall county budget request for the 2021-22 fiscal year, Gatewood told the newspaper last week. The proposed county budget for ACC will likely be presented to the trustees for a vote during their next meeting in March, he said.

ACC based its county capital funding request for the upcoming fiscal year on a long-range capital plan that Alamance County’s commissioners adopted in 2019. The capital funding plan was developed to help the county project costs, refine predictions that potentially affect tax rates, coordinate the approval process, and react effectively to such things as interest rate fluctuations over the seven subsequent fiscal years, Alamance County manager Bryan Hagood told ACC’s trustees at the time.

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If Alamance County’s commissioners approve the capital funding request for ACC, the college would use the money for the following projects:

· $158,8000 to replace flooring; ceiling tiles; and concrete; paving; and to repair a water line in the Gee Building;

· $70,000 to upgrade information technology network infrastructure; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment; and a diesel generator in the Main Building;

· $60,000 for mobile units (trailers) that will serve as temporary classroom space for the animal care; culinary; horticulture; and Early College programs while planned renovations to existing space on the main campus are being completed in 2021 and 2022;

· $30,000 for annual maintenance and repairs to roofing;

· $15,000 to replace a “ride-on blower” and other equipment used for groundskeeping.
A proposed county budget request will likely be presented to ACC’s trustees for a vote during their next monthly meeting, Gatewood said last week. The trustees will convene their next monthly meeting via the Zoom teleconferencing platform, which is scheduled for March 26 to coincide with their annual planning retreat.

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