Fee-increase vote

Friday, November 12, 2010

Photo of Josh Sanks, freshman, voting in the student fee increase referendum

Josh Sanks, freshman, votes Nov. 15 in the student fee increase referendum. Sanks is a first-year student from St. Augustine, Fla. Photo by Neil Andersen for University Communications.

St. Cloud State students will consider two referendum questions Nov. 15-17 that could increase funding for Husky Athletics.

The first question asks students to increase the activity fee by 74 cents per credit, up to twelve credits each semester, for fiscal years 2012, 2013, 2014.

The second question proposes a $1 per credit activity-fee increase, up to twelve credits each semester, in addition to the 74 cents called for in the first question.

The second question, which would cover fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014, would only be considered upon passage of the first question.

Should both questions pass, the total increase per credit would be $1.74. President Earl H. Potter III would have to approve any fee increase before money could be collected.

Should the first question fail, Husky Athletics would not receive funding increases. The intercollegiate sports arm of the university is facing staff and program cuts, including the possibility of dropping football.

Half-million dollar budget deficits are projected for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. Potter has resolved to make $200,000 in athletic administration cuts for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

“Ultimately the Student Government decided it is important to provide an opportunity for the student body to vote,” said Amanda Bardonner, president.

The 74 cents represents an annual fee increase of $255,744. Annual student-fee support for Husky Athletics could total $1,016,064.

The $1.74 per-credit increase could generate $601,344 each year, bringing annual student support for Husky Athletics to $1,361,664.

Students will vote online and in person in the Atwood Memorial Center main lounge. The ballot also includes a slate of senate candidates.

Student Government promotes student interests by funding student organizations, allocating fees collected by the University, addressing issues or concerns related to the student body and representing students on a state-wide level through the Minnesota State University Student Association.


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