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University of Wyoming Trustees Approve Spending Plan

June 1, 2009

The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees on Saturday approved the university's spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Saturday's action by the trustees is one step in UW's process to reach its budget reduction commitments. More details will be available later this week following Gov. Freudenthal's announcement on state government budget reductions.

The budgets include both increases in budget authority stemming from appropriations from the Wyoming State Legislature for specific projects and reductions resulting from lowered expectations in state revenue.

"We're well aware that we'll see decreases in state funding, and this budget reflects that," UW President Tom Buchanan says. "We remain committed to providing the best education possible to our students, and to continue our research, which is so critical to the state of Wyoming."

The university's Section I budget includes the general fund, income funds, federal mineral royalties, other federal research funds, land income funds and foundation income, totaling $237.4 million for FY 2010. That's a decrease from the $243.9 million approved and amended FY 2009 budget.

The Section I budget authority increases are:

Biennium Budget
• Brucellosis testing and research, $100,000 (recurring) for brucellosis vaccine and testing research in the Greater Yellowstone risk area. This is a continuing appropriation, beginning with the 2011-2012 biennium, but it is not part of the block grant.
• Clean Coal Technology Research, $1,422,522 (one-time). The funds replace money the university spent to fund clean coal technology research approved by the Clean Coal Technology Task Force in the fall of 2008.

Special appropriations
• Western States Energy and Environment Symposium, School of Energy Resources, $250,000 (one-time) to provide the staffing, technical support, including contracting with consultants as necessary, and the costs of planning, conducting and reporting on the Western States Energy and Environment Symposium.

Capital construction
• Fine and Performing Arts, $2.7 million: level III final design and construction documents for Phase I, the Arts building. Level II planning funds ($670,000, general fund) were appropriated in the 2008 Session budget bill.
• NCAR architectural and engineering services, $3.5 million. An appropriation not to exceed $3.5M in state general funds is to be transferred from the $20M appropriation to the Wyoming Business Council for the NCAR supercomputer. The funds are for expenditures made by the university under the existing contract with NCAR for architectural and engineering services for the construction of the supercomputer center.
• South parking lot, $1.4 million. Not to exceed $1,400,000 may be expended from the Academic Facilities Match Account maintained by the State Treasurer's Office to buy the south parking lot identified in the University's parking and transportation plan.

UW's Section II budget covers UW's need for its self-sustaining operations, which include auxiliary services, sponsored funding for research and gifts and contributions among other things. The approval for the FY 2010 budget incorporates the budget authority for ASUW, Student Media, and the Wyoming Union. The only change in this budget resulting from the reduction in state general funds for the FY 2010 is an increase in Section II expenditures of $344,717 to replace state general funds now used for functions in Student Affairs.

Trustees approved a Section II budget of $176.6 million.

Click here for a breakdown of the Section I budget, and here for a breakdown of the Section II budget.

Posted on Monday, June 01, 2009

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