SFB presents new budget for 2011 to SGA

Executive President Billy Plastine told SGA ‘it is not our duty to choose how the budget is allocated.’ (Elizabeth Yacone / Staff Photographer )

Members of the Student Finance Board (SFB) appeared before the general body of the Student Government Association (SGA) last Wednesday to present potential changes to the Student Activity Fee (SAF) budget for next year. Proposed changes in the budget involve a $45 increase for the 2011 fiscal year.

SFB plans to spend $7,000 less on publicity, taking the allotment of funds for advertising events from $10,000 to $3,000. They also plan to cut the funding appropriated for student leaders, as the SFB Executive Assistant is no longer getting paid, according to SGA vice president of business and administration Brian Block.

Among the increases proposed is a $7,000 new appropriation set aside in order to open a box office out of Kendall Hall, to sell tickets for all events occurring in the building. According to the budget’s increase explanations, this will give them a better way of tracking ticket sales, and will give clubs a break from selling tickets and holding cash themselves.

Another proposed increase is in special events, which, according to the increase explanations found on the budget report, “is the money appropriated at our weekly meetings, funding most of the events you see going on throughout this year.”

The budget is increased approximately three percent every year to match inflation rates.

Billy Plastine, executive president of the SGA, thanked SFB for its presentation and reminded SGA members of where they fit into the budget

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approval process.

“Keep in mind that the SGA’s role in the budget approval process is to simply confirm that the SFB went through the proper steps in creating a budget,” Plastine, senior political science and business administration double major, said. “It is not our duty to choose how the budget is allocated.”

Plastine also reminded students of his State of the Campus address, which appeared in last week’s edition of The Signal.

“I hope you all had a chance to look over my State of the Campus address. I hope I represented you all well. Hopefully this is a way to communicate with the student body about what the SGA is doing and also about important issues the campus is facing,” Plastine said.

The address will also appear on SGA’s website and on its Facebook fanpage.

SGA will meet again on Wednesday April 14 at 3 p.m. in Brower Student Center room 202W.