Community college tuition costs exceed county’s expectations

NORWICH – The Chenango County Board of Supervisors has earmarked an additional $160,000 to foot the cost of community college expenses for 2015, closing out the year at a far greater expense than what county officials had initially expected.

The Board of Supervisors had also allocated an additional $61,000 to cover community college expenses back in November. Although $1 million for community college costs was budgeted this year, more than $1.27 million has been dolled out as of late December.

According to the Chenango County Treasurer’s Office, an increase of individuals, including high school students, who are attending a community college has climbed drastically in recent years. The increase has led county officials to call for changes in the way community college chargeback rates are applied to counties throughout the state.

“We have seen a huge increase of high school students going to community colleges,” said County Treasurer William Craine. “Unfortunately, these costs are statutory obligations. We have to pay them.”

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