Health care trust money to be paid back to FMCC

Montgomery County legislators approved the 2014-15 Fulton-Montgomery Community College budget Tuesday and amended the current year’s budget by $125,000 to cover an outstanding bill involving the now-defunct Montgomery County Health Care Trust.

After a brief public hearing at which no one spoke, legislators voted unanimously in favor of F-MCC’s $20.54 million budget for 2014-15. The budget includes a $1,395,821 contribution from each sponsoring county; that figure has remained the same for the seventh year in a row. State aid and student tuition and fees account for most of the remainder of the budget.

At the end of Tuesday’s meeting, chaired by District 7 Legislator Barbara Wheeler in the absence of District 1 Legislator and Chairman Thomas Quackenbush, F-MCC President Dustin Swanger thanked the legislators for passing the budget, then asked about a $125,000 amendment to the current year’s spending plan. The county owes the money to the college because F-MCC paid into the Montgomery County Health Care Trust, which has since been dissolved.

Legislators already had voted to adjourn the meeting, but quickly voted to reconvene in order to pass the budget amendment and reimburse the college for that contribution.

John Becker

John Becker is both a Reporter and Consulting Editor for The Compass. He and his wife Pat operate Abbey Farms in Amsterdam NY.