After lopping $6.8 million from its budget last year, Glendale Community College now faces a potential $7.75-million deficit that could trigger layoffs and the cancellation of hundreds of classes.
Ron Nakasone, vice president of administrative services, laid out the projections at a special board of trustees meeting Tuesday, where he described the college's 2012-13 budget as the most difficult he has ever seen.
Included in the looming $7.75-million deficit is $4.1 million the college will lose mid-year if Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative fails in the November election. The initiative could generate $313 million for California community colleges. Recent polling data shows public support for the initiative hovering just above 50%, Nakasone said.
“It is not giving us a whole lot of confidence that there is a real majority support of this initiative,” Nakasone said. “Right now, it is looking more like a coin flip, whether it is going to go or not.”