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July 16, 2013

Blinn budget proposal anticipates revenue increase in 2013-14

Student success drives increase in state appropriations

The Blinn College Board of Trustees reviewed a proposed budget that anticipates a $3.08 million revenue increase in the upcoming fiscal year.

The proposed 2013-14 budget allocates $89.10 million in revenue, an increase of 3.6 percent over the previous fiscal year. The College anticipates a $1.4 million increase in net tuition and fees and an almost $1 million increase in state appropriations.

State funding is expected to climb due to a new formula that considers student success milestones such as completing a course, earning a degree or certificate, or transferring to a university. State funding is especially important to Blinn’s budget because property tax revenue accounts for just 1.7 percent of the College’s total revenue.

In action items, the board:

  • authorized 15 new positions, including eight new faculty.
  • elected to dismantle and remove the stands at Spencer Stadium. Blinn’s football team has played at Brenham ISD’s Cub Stadium the past two seasons and in that time the stands’ condition has deteriorated. Blinn will seek a contractor to remove the stands at no cost by allowing them to keep the stands for their use or salvage value. If that fails, the College will seek bids from contractors to have the stands removed.
  • re-appointed Tommy Blackburn III, John Simms and Terry Roberts to the A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center advisory committee. Each will serve a three-year term through June 2016.

The board tabled proposals to adopt staff salary adjustments in response to a recent compensation study and to authorize a cost of living salary adjustment for full-time faculty and staff.

Blinn enrolled 17,989 students last Fall and has experienced 28.3 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: