Student Senate to vote on budget allocation bills

Logan Raschke, News Editor

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Student Senate will vote on five budget allocation bills during its Wednesday meeting. These bills detail how much money will go into the 2019-2020 budgets for University Board, the Student Recreation Center, Student Government and Apportionment Board if approved.

Apportionment Board is proposing Student Senate to approve the release of $139,227 for University Board, $186,223 for the Student Recreation Center, $44,000 for Student Government and $40,560 for Apportionment Board, according to the bills.

When it comes down to the Student Recreation Center, its 2019-2020 budget is divided into two main costs: graduate assistants and student employment. According to the proposal, the request of $54,000 would go to GAs, while a requested $132,000 would go to student employment.

On average, it costs $8.40 per person to run the SRC. The average hours worked in each staffed week totals to $465.25.

The budget proposal says the average cost per person will inevitably go up to $9.40 on Jan. 1, 2020 because by then, the minimum wage will have increased to $9.25.

Other departments at the SRC will have to decrease in other areas if new programs are created.

When it comes to University Board, the 2019-2020 budget is split into eight separate parts: general costs, special events, welcome back weekend, UB spotlight, UB human potential, Homecoming, marketing and productions. The cost is $42,880 for general costs, $16,703 for special events, $27,510 for welcome back weekend, $14,640 for UB spotlight, $11,935 for UB human potential, $10,429 for Homecoming, $9,530 for marketing and $5,600 for productions, according to the budget proposal.

Student Government’s FY20 budget expenses are comprised of personal services and unallocated expenses. According to the proposal, $9,825 is needed for personal services and $35,225 is needed for the unallocated expenses.

For personal services, $450 goes toward the First Night electrician, $7,875 goes toward grad assistantship and $1,500 goes toward student payroll (secretary, webmaster/graphic designer and the First Night DJ), according to the proposal.

A majority of the cost in unallocated expenses is by far scholarship and award opportunities ($22,500).

Otherwise, $36,625 is for other contractual expenses (SG GA dining dollars, Pantherpalooza, First Night, Internal Affairs and committees). The amount of $2,875 would be dedicated to printing (general, outreach marketing, Pantherpalooza, Student Action Team, First Night, Prowlin’ with the Prez and committees, for example).

Other expenses include computer services ($1,050), wearing apparel ($1,500), other commodities (total: $930: First Night supplies for $500, It’s On Us supplies for $150, Prowlin’ with the Prez for $200 and outreach for $80), non-employee travel ($900 total: IBHE-SAC for $500 and SAT for $400) and other costs.

The total expenses for student government for the FY19 budget were $50,000 compared to what the Apportionment Board is requesting the release of now: $45,050. That means student government would receive a $4,950 budget cut if the bill is approved.

Apportionment Board’s proposed FY20 budget is made up of two parts: personal expenses and unallocated services.

The total cost for personal expenses is $35,683.40 while the total cost for unallocated services is $5,469, according to the budget proposal.

Out of personal expenses, $34,683.40 goes to civil service regular salary and $400 goes to student payroll (AB secretary for fall and AB secretary for spring at $200 each).

When it comes to the unallocated services, $1,634 is dedicated to group insurance, $3,800 goes to university service fee (AB, UB, SG and sports and F) and $35 goes to printing (for bylaws, minutes and agendas), according to the proposal.

The fifth and final budget allocation bill the senate will vote on is a comprehensive one that approves the total amount allocated: $410,010.

Alicia Matusiak, vice president of student affairs, said $380,000 of the total allocation money would come from student fee funds while $30,010 would come from the reserve fund.

Logan Raschke can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].