What to do with a $768,987 carry-over from last year’s North Idaho College budget is the central question the NIC board will tackle at its regular meeting today.
The carry-over is $329,068 more than was originally estimated.
At a workshop two weeks ago, board members discussed whether they should allow taxpayers to keep the difference, which would slightly lower the tax rate, or whether they should put it toward increasing the proposed $18.7 million budget.
The board is scheduled to give final approval to the budget tonight.
Administrators also will discuss plans for the coming year.
One proposal is hiring a part-time worker to help organize and direct the alumni organization formed by volunteers several months ago.
Funding for the position could come from money budgeted for temporary help, said Steve Schenk, dean of college relations.
A well-organized alumni association would “keep the line of communication” open between NIC alumni and students, and help raise money for the NIC Foundation.
The NIC board meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Kootenai Room of the Student Union Building.