The ASI Senate last week approved a $19,148,277 budget for the 2018-19 school year. The budget is centered around the Bronco Student Center’s goals of implementing new technology and continued partnership with campus programs.

Carol Lee, director of financial services, explained the BSC 2018-2019 budget line by line to the Associated Students, Inc. Senate.

ASI Senate discussed how to allocate money for line items on the budget. (Elizabeth Hernandez | The Poly Post)

The total budget for the academic year is $19,148,277.

$5 million is deducted for the bond payment before returning to the BSC.

The return surplus fee of $12,910.00 is dispersed on July 1 to fund a full year of operations.

The BSC generates a profit from students dining on campus along with the lease payments from the Rideshare office and the new Wells Fargo ATM.

A crucial source of income is BroncoFusion, with ticket sales bringing $30,000 to the BSC.

The budget accounts for the minimum wage increase in January 2019 and an increase in workers’ benefits budgeted at $2,062,889.

The senate discussed cutting $5,000 from the ASI student government recommending that is go towards scholarships for students on the ASI committees.

The senate shared their views of the $30,000 available for the food pantry.

Taylor Broome, fourth-year organizational communication major, stood before the senate, and advocated for the incorporation of a permanent food pantry on campus.

“Food security within the population of the students is a really big deal,” said Broome.

The funds needed to support the food pantry became a major debate when the senate discussed the budget.

Barnaby Peake, director of the Bronco Student Center, led the presentation on the BSC budget.

Peake explained how the BSC student fee covers operations, maintenance, programs and services to keep the building functioning as well as provide campus events for students including intramural sports, fitness programs, the games room and Homecoming.

“I don’t think we are in any financial stress,” President Gomez said. “We are looking for someone with experience to fill that position. I want to set up food pantry for success.”

The “student serving student” motto will not be threatened because the hired coordinator would serve as more of an overseer allowing the students to gain experience as well.

Jennifer Greenberg, recently elected ASI president, reminded the senate of the student-at-large, Broome, that came to the meeting to just emphasize the importance of the food pantry, providing her support of the full-time staff to improve the program.

The motion to add $30,000 to the Food Pantry budget was approved with the recommendation that it comes from salaries and benefits.

Carlos Gomez, ASI president, made a motion to approve the budget passing with a 12-1 vote.

Gomez introduced the draft of the ASI code to be approved by the senate.

The code includes new expectations for senate and cabinet meetings including a preamble that reviews the bylaws and suggest a deadline be placed for submitting agenda items for clearer communication and more effective meetings.

The meeting closed with the announcement of the continued vacancy in the ASI vice president position for the rest of the 2017-2018 academic year.

The next ASI Senate meeting is at 4:00 p.m. on May 17.

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