A-B Tech is $500,000 in the red. Layoffs may come if the county doesn’t help. – Asheville Citizen-Times

CLOSEThis story has been updated to include new information from the college. A-B Tech will make additional cuts that, together with the county’s additional $300,000 in funding, would eliminate the deficit.ASHEVILLE – Some A-B Tech employees could face layoffs if county government doesn’t help address a roughly $500,000 budget deficit, college administrators warned.The shortfall comes…

A-B Tech is $500,000 in the red. Layoffs may come if the county doesn’t help. – Asheville Citizen-Times

CLOSEThis story has been updated to include new information from the college. A-B Tech will make additional cuts that, together with the county’s additional $300,000 in funding, would eliminate the deficit.ASHEVILLE – Some A-B Tech employees could face layoffs if county government doesn’t help address a roughly $500,000 budget deficit, college administrators warned.The shortfall comes after commissioners in June voted to give Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College some $6.8 million for its annual contribution, about $750,000 less than what it requested — and after negotiations between the two entities on how to handle long-misspent tax revenue that was intended to fund campus construction.Commissioners may help, but a staff recommendation that will be considered at their Aug. 20 meeting would fall short of erasing the deficit: County Manager Avril Pinder is proposing $300,000 in additional funding, most of which would cover telecommunications costs previously paid by the state.The remaining $50,000 would fund a 1% salary increase for the college’s county-funded positions. The money would be transferred from funds intended for the public safety training center, according to staff reports.A-B Tech spokeswoman Kerri Glover said Aug. 19 that the college has since identified an additional $200,000 in cuts through energy cost-saving measures, a reduction in presidential pay following Dennis King’s retirement next year and moving legal fees to be covered by state funds, among other moves.The college previously cut $250,000 by substituting vacant positions for contracted employees and moving funds for its public safety and maintenance vehicles.In total, A-B Tech will have cut $450,000 before receiving any additional funding from the county.King had said without additional county funding, potential layoff options include eliminating an overnight police presence. Right now, the campus is patrolled around the clock, including on weekends.”If we can work that out with the county administration, great,” King said during an Aug. 12 meeting with college trustees. “If we can’t, we’ll come back to this board and say these are reco
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