Student government, AB proposed FY15 budgets

The student government and the apportionment board budget was proposed to the AB Thursday.

Laurel Fuqua, the AB account technician, presented the apportionment budget request for the 2015 fiscal year asking for $40,062. This is $14,332 more than last year’s budget.

Fuqua said added duties and responsibilities to her position as AB account technician warranted Dan Nadler, the vice president for student affairs, to put her salary under the student life budget for the 2014 fiscal year so none of the $20,000 budgeted for her salary was actually spent.

“He actually picked up my pay last year. I don’t know if he is going to do that this year or not,” Fuqua said.

This had not been done before until April, so she budgeted for her salary, unsure of whether he might do it again.

“I can’t really expect that, but it if happens, that will be wonderful,” Fuqua said.

Fuqua has been more involved Student Life, and Nadler handles the student life budget.

Other than that change, the budget request asks for the same amount as the 2014 fiscal year.

Student Body President Kaylia Eskew presented a student government 2015 fiscal year budget request also, which asks for the same amount of money received last year: $43,735.

Though she has asked for the same amount, Eskew has moved money from different line items, which were not being used, to other areas.

Other than having committees take money from a pool from “Other Contractional,” the budget request has specific money allocated to each committee to start events. She said she hopes this will get the committees to co-sponsor with other committees and organizations.

She has also got rid of a position combining both the webmaster and public relations position in the budget to become the social media marketer.

They will also be saving on printing because of the recent push to advertise and promote through social media. This will save $500, which is allocated to other sections like the in state employee travel.

This money goes to paying for the travel expenses for the student action team to lobby in Springfield and to go the Illinois Board of Higher Education- Student Advisory Council.

The AB did not go over or decide on the budgets presented yet. They will meet to decide what cuts, if any, need to be made to either after hearing the proposals for the Student Recreations and University Board budget at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Arcola-Tuscola Room of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union. They will review each budget at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Arcola-Tuscola Room in the Union.