Mesa State College Looking to Cut $1.6 Million from Budget

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Mesa State College says it's looking for ways to reduce spending by more than a million dollars -- this after Governor Bill Ritter made new budget cutting recommendations Tuesday that included scaling back funding for higher education.

Mesa State officials say under the Governor's plan, the school would lose $1.6 million in state funding next year. They says they will look at several areas where they can cut back on operational costs, like reviewing contracts with different service providers, using less paper, sharing equipment, and closing some buildings during the summer months.

Mesa State President Tim Foster says the school will go as far as it can with budget cuts, but at some point it may have to consider tuition increases.

Earlier this January, the Governor's Budget Office asked the college to reduce spending for 2008-2009 fiscal year by $932 thousand. The school says it has already identified places to make roughly half of those cuts.

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